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T H E C O V E R Members of the 1936 Pioneer Trail art tour posed for a group photograph at Winter Nebraska. Photograph courtesy of LDS Historical Department Archives.

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Books reviewed K E N VERDOIA a n d


Utah: The Struggle for Statehood EDWARD




Necessary Fraud: Progressive Reform and Utah Coal DUANE A. SMITH 188 E. RANKIN, ed. Wallace Stegner: Man and Writer . . RUSSELL BURROWS 189



eds. Encyclopedia of the American West ALLAN KENT POWELL 190 A N N E M. BUTLER a n d


Uncommon Common Women: Ordinary Lives of the West . . . LAUREL BARLOW 192 ed. Change in the American West: Exploring the Human Dimension . . . . ROBERT S. MIKKELSEN 193


C FARIS. Navajo and Photography: A Critical History of the Representation of an American People BRADLEY W. RICHARDS 194


In this issue As the advance party of Mormon pioneers began their entry into the Salt Lake Valley on July 22, 1847, General Winfield Scott was driving toward Mexico City for the last great battle of the U.S. War with Mexico. Suddenly the future of Utah was tipped in a radically new direction. Subsequent events have moved so rapidly that Effie Carmack's oil painting, West from Temple Hill, even with the benefit of Nauvoo, is part of the Yellow Ochre Club's legacy. Courtesy historical knowledge of John K. Carmack, Salt Lake City. and hindsight, today's scholars are still struggling to explain them all. Perhaps this issue, dedicated to the sesquicentennial spirit, will make a modest contribution to that historiographical record. In the first article a distinguished Utah archaeologist examines the evolution of his field during the past 150 years. Looking both forward and backward from 1847, it is an especially enlightening beginning for our special issue. Its survey of methods, milestones, achievements, and personalities will appeal to readers of all interests while simultaneously reminding us that mankind called Utah home for thousands of years before those first wagons rolled out of Emigration Canyon. And although the U.S. negotiations with Mexico at Guadalupe Hidalgo had not even begun that July day, the first pioneers immediately recognized the Salt Lake Valley as home and set to work at developing its agricultural potential. They had met the hazards and uncertainty of the overland trek and could revel in triumph. That spirit of success has animated many descendants through the years, fortifying their faith through powerful myths, promises, and oft-repeated tales. One such group of descendants, organizing themselves into the Yellow Ochre Club in 1936, retraced that pioneer route with artistic intent and left a record of celebratory achievement that until now—in our second offering—has never been outlined. The third selection rises to the daunting challenge ofjuxtaposing modern Salt Lake City on the valley floor of a century and a half ago in an attempt to piece together the exact route of the pioneers' last few miles. It is a study to delight trail buffs, advocates of heritage tourism, current property owners, and anyone else who enjoys the resolution of antiquarian mysteries. The final article looks at a clash of cultural values that asserted itself almost immediately after pioneer settlement as New Mexican slave traders were arrested and tried in a territorial court. In examining the facts of the case and motives of both the defendants and prosecution, the author advances a n u m b e r of intriguing generalizations that shed new light on an old question and illustrate the essential point that the answer to ethical questions, like historical ones, is often just a matter of perspective.

X "".,• Field party of Rev. H. C. Green at work in Cottonwood Canyon ca. 1891. Courtesy of Photo Archives, the Field Museum, Chicago.

150 Years of Utah Archaeology BY JOEL C. JANETSKI

has lured scientists and antiquarians from around the world to excavate in the deep caves of the western deserts, explore the well-preserved Anasazi ruins, and study the enigmatic and unique Fremont culture. They came with varying intent: U T A H ' S RICH ARCHAEOLOGICAL HERITAGE

Dr Tanetski is the director of the Museum of Peoples and Cultures at Brigham Young University and a member of the Advisory Board of Editors of Utah Historical Quarterly. He is grateful for comments from Don Fowler, Jesse Jennings, Kevin Jones, David Madsen, and Jim O'Connell in the final preparation of this paper.

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many simply wanted to explore the rugged West; others were hired to collect objects for museums; some wanted answers to questions about the past. As a consequence, the history of archaeological research in Utah tends to be eclectic. However, as noted by Elmer Smith over forty years ago, the theoretical interests of Utah archaeologists in many ways mirror national trends. 1 This continues to be the case as Utah archaeologists have been and continue to be very much a part of the regional, national, and international archaeological community. Smith, writing in the days when archaeological practitioners were few, traced the history of the discipline by describing the research activities of the faculty at t h e University of U t a h (U of U ) . Today, archaeological work has e x p a n d e d dramatically with active research being done by all the major universities in the state, the Utah Division of State History (Utah State Historical Society), various federal agencies, a n d several private archaeological contracting firms. T h e numb e r of professionals has i n c r e a s e d greatly as has the a m o u n t of archaeological data generated a n d r e p o r t e d . This explosion of personnel and data makes writing a history more difficult for the recent period (post-1980 especially) and requires a much broader scope than was necessary forty years ago. T h e structure of this history is chronological, although I have attempted to characterize the prevailing interests a n d the significant contributions of the period. 1850-75:


Antiquarian interests, observations, and speculations characterize this early era. Early archaeological information is very sketchy and primarily incidental. After the m i d - n i n e t e e n t h century the several organized government expeditions sent west to identify transportation routes and exploitable resources included members who were interested in the aboriginal people and the remains of their past lifeways. Few excavations were made and fewer still were reported in any detail. T h e primary contribution of this period is the initial identification of highly visible concentrations of ruins. T h e earliest written description of archaeological sites in the state was m a d e in 1776 by t h e r e n o w n e d Spanish explorers, Fathers Dominguez and Escalante, who traveled from Santa Fe, New Mexico, n o r t h into western Colorado a n d into the Uinta Basin of n o r t h e r n 1


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Utah. Their detailed j o u r n a l contains priceless descriptions of the countryside and its inhabitants. Included is a description of ruins near the confluence of the Uinta and Duchesne rivers: We continued upstream along the latter [the Duchesne River] and after going west one league we saw ruins near it of a very ancient pueblo where there were fragments of stones for grinding maize, of jars and of pots of clay. The pueblo's 2 shape was circular, as indicated by the ruins now almost completely in mounds. 3

Dominguez and Escalante traveled on to the Wasatch Front and south to the Virgin River drainage before returning to Santa Fe, but they had little more to say about archaeology in Utah. Few data of an archaeological nature were recorded in the first half of the nineteenth century until shortly after the Mormon arrival in 1847. Settlers who encountered archaeological ruins occasionally described them in j o u r n a l s and letters. Perhaps one of the most intriguing and detailed early descriptions of ruins was by Brigham Young, who, in a letter dated to 1851, described what he saw at Paragoonah (later Paragonah) in Parowan Valley north of present day Cedar City: . . . We visited the ruins of an ancient Indian village on Red Creek, where we found quantities of broken, burnt, painted earthenware, arrow points, adobes, burnt brick, a crucible, some corn grains, charred cobs, animal bones, and flint stones of various colors. The ruins were scattered over a space about two miles long and one wide. The buildings were about 120 in number, and were composed apparently of dirt lodges, the earthen roofs having been supported by timbers, which had decayed or been burned, and had fallen in, the remains thus forming mounds of an oval shape and sunken at the tip. One of the structures appeared to have been a temple or council hall, and covered about an acre of ground. 4

These Parowan Valley sites were to be investigated many times during the coming decades. Government exploration of the Four Corners region in southeastern Utah commenced at about the same time as Mormon settlem e n t in the north. Between 1849 and the late 1870s James H. Simpson, J. N. Macomb, J. S. Newberry, William H. Jackson, 2 T h e use of t h e t e r m " p u e b l o " s h o u l d n o t b e c o n s t r u e d to m e a n t h a t the site is related to the Anasazi. Pueblo is Spanish for town, a n d all ruins were called towns. 3 Ted J. Warner, ed., The Dominguez-Escalante fournal: Their Expedition Through Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico in 1776, translated by Fray A n g e l i c o Chavez (Provo: B r i g h a m Young University Press, 1976), p. 47. Interestingly, this r u i n has n o t b e e n relocated. 4 Manuscript History of the C h u r c h , History of Brigham Young, Microfilm o n file, LDS C h u r c h Archives, Salt Lake City, 1851, p p . 4 6 - 4 7 .

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Ferdinand V Hayden, William H. Holmes, and others traveled the Four Corners area discovering and documenting many Anasazi sites in southeastern Utah and the Mesa Verde region of southwestern Colorado. 5 Noted photographer William H.Jackson, for example, photographed ruins at Hovenweep and other sites in the Montezuma Canyon vicinity. In 1869 and 1871-72 J o h n W. Powell made his two historic trips down the Green and Colorado rivers taking notes on the geology and Native Americans, including some observations on archaeological sites.6 Most of the work by government employees consisted of reconnaissance for reasons other than archaeology, although descriptions often include archaeological sites, and some collections were made. An exception is the work of Mark Severance and H. C. Yarrow who in 1872 and 1874 excavated sites at Beaver and Provo during a U.S. Geological Survey expedition led by Lt. George Wheeler. Severance and Yarrow seemed most interested in collecting human remains, although they provided provocative descriptions of mounds excavated in Provo and Parowan Valley. At the latter location (described earlier by Brigham Young above) they estimated that there were "400-500 mounds." Of the mounds at Provo they stated: West of the town, on its outskirts and within three or four miles of the lake, are many mounds, of various construction and in different states of preservation. . . . Mounds of various sizes and shapes, in different parts of the plain, were dug into and examined, and these miscellaneous bones [were] found at all depths and in every mound entered, scattered without order, and without evidence of careful arrangement or systematic distribution. 7

As part of their research they questioned local Utes about the m o u n d s a n d were told: "The (Utes) say that their oldest m e n remember them in youth, and that their fathers had told them nothing in regard to them." 8 Pottery and broken bones (animal?) were found in the Provo m o u n d s , b u t few o t h e r details were offered. Severance and Yarrow also dug three historic Southern Paiute buri5 For a g o o d review of the early history of a r c h a e o l o g y in the F o u r C o r n e r s area, see J o h n Otis Brew, Archaeology of Alkali Ridge, Southeastern Utah, P a p e r s of t h e P e a b o d y M u s e u m of A m e r i c a n Archaeology a n d Ethnology, Vol. XXI (Cambridge: H a r v a r d University, 1946). 6 J o h n W. Powell, The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons (New York: Dover Publications, 1961). 7 Mark S. Severance a n d H. C. Yarrow, "Notes U p o n H u m a n Crania a n d Skeletons Collected by t h e E x p e d i t i o n s of 1 8 7 2 - 7 3 , " United States Geographical Surveys West of the One Hundredth Meridian, Archaeology, 7(1879):393. 8 Ibid, p . 395. T h e s e c o m m e n t s p r e s a g e o n e of t h e m o s t i n t r i g u i n g (and u n r e s o l v e d ) research issues in Utah prehistory: Was there cultural continuity between the F r e m o n t farmers a n d m o d e r n indigenous peoples?


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als at Beaver and near Gunnison, Utah, collected a "mummified cranium" from a "rock grave" similar in construction to those examined at Beaver. T h e full extent of the collections m a d e by Severance and Yarrow is unknown. These initial explorations a n d observations identified locations of productive archaeological sites or regions in the state. This knowle d g e was used to direct the n u m e r o u s intensive artifact collecting expeditions that characterized archaeological interests over the next few decades. 1875-1910:



The early part of this period was still largely exploratory, although the expeditions became more focused on finding sites that would produce "relic" collections. Large museums—the Peabody at Harvard and t h e American Museum of Natural History a n d the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, both in New York, and others— sponsored expeditions specifically to gather collections for display and study. Little attention was given to documentation or the publication of findings. Active in Utah d u r i n g this time was Edward Palmer, a medical practitioner and professional collector, who visited Utah primarily in the late 1870s, gathering up archaeological and ethnographic artifacts. F u n d e d by the Smithsonian, he excavated in "mounds" at Santa Clara n e a r St. George, Kanab, P a r a g o n a h , a n d Payson a n d m a d e ethnographic collections of the Southern Paiutes. 9 The driving force behind Palmer's collecting activity was p r e p a r a t i o n for exhibits at the 1876 United States Centennial celebration to be held in Philadelphia. In a letter to the Smithsonian, he m e n t i o n e d that he had "four applicants for these specimens," m e a n i n g that h e was also acquiring items for other collecting institutions. 10 The list included the Peabody Museum, and some portions of the collections excavated from the Santa Clara sites and Payson went there. P a l m e r visited Payson in p a r t to explore a r u m o r t h a t a local farmer had opened a m o u n d in his field and found the skeleton (s) of a giant over six feet tall holding metal weapons that crumbled to dust 9 Don D. Fowler and J o h n F. Matley, "The Palmer Collection from Southwestern Utah, 1875," in Miscellaneous Collected Papers 19-24 (Miscellaneous Paper No. 20), Anthropological Papers No. 99 (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1978), pp. 17-42. 10 Ibid, p. 20.

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when touched. In addition, the story went, the mound was reported to have contained two sealed stone boxes filled with wheat. Palmer was unable to confirm the story. His research led him to conclude that those who had occupied the mounds "must be classed with the Pueblo tribes," 11 a conclusion of cultural affiliation that remained largely unchanged for nearly seventy-five years. During the 1890s antiquities collecting intensified due to the search for material to exhibit at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. In preparation for its exhibit, the Utah Territorial World's Fair Commission appointed Don Maguire of Ogden as chief of the Department of Archaeology and Ethnology. His credentials included working with J o h n Wesley Powell and university training in geology, which was his primary interest.12 Given this grand title, Maguire proceeded with great energy to excavate sites, usually mounds, to collect antiquities for exhibition in the Utah Pavilion. He dug at archaeological sites near Willard, Plain City, and other sites in or near Ogden, at Provo and Payson in Utah Valley, and at the massive Paragonah site described earlier. He spent two weeks excavating at Paragonah, assisted by five helpers and two teams of horses. The latter were used to remove topsoil overlying artifact-bearing layers. He reported finding walls "four feet thick" encircling a courtyard seventyfive feet square. Along the north wall of this courtyard he encountered a pile of skeletons of men, women, and children "thrown there without any aim at order" by, he presumed, their assailants. 13 After his assault on Paragonah, Maguire traveled on to productive excavations along the Santa Clara and Virgin rivers near St. George. He later trekked to Nine-Mile Canyon and San Juan County, acquiring antiquities by excavation as well as purchase. Another 1890s view of the Paragonah site comes from Henry Montgomery, professor of natural history at the University of Utah. At about the same time as Maguire was making his collections for the Chicago World's Fair, Montgomery visited ruins in Nine Mile Canyon, the Nephi Mounds (which he called Mason City), sites in Beaver, Utah, Millard, and Tooele counties, southeastern Utah, Paragonah, etc. In fact, he excavated at Paragonah at the same time as Maguire. Montgomery contrasted his careful excavation techniques using 11

Fowler a n d Matiey, "The Palmer Collection," p. 2 3 . Charles Kelly, "Don Maguire - Pioneer," Utah Motorist, April 1933, p p . 8-9. 13 D o n Maguire, "Report of the D e p a r t m e n t of Ethnology, Utah World's Fair Commission," in Utah at the World's Columbian Exposition (Salt Lake City: Press of t h e Salt Lake Lithographing Co., 1894), p. 110. 12


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"shovel, trowel, and brush" with the horse-powered "plough and scraper" of Maguire. In apparent reference to Maguire's "pile of skeletons," Montgomery mentioned the remains "of several h u m a n skeletons" uncovered by Maguire, but stated that they were three feet beneath the floor of a house. All of this attention to the mounds was n o t lost on the local Mormon settlers in Paragonah for whom "digging in the Indian mounds" was an activity for the entire community.14 Henry Montgomery in 1891. Courtesy of Marriott Library Manuscript Division, Montgomery's interests went University of Utah. beyond making collections, however. He was particularly interested in architecture and was intrigued by the adobe buildings that he found in the central and northern part of the state. He commented on the uniformity of houses and other artifacts throughout the area and lumped the pottery-making, house-building people of Utah and the Four Corners area. He saw all as peripheral to the greater civilizations of Mexico: "Utah being on the outskirts of the country occupied by a great nation whose headquarters were probably in Mexico, might properly be expected to be provided with a considerable number of military posts or watch stations such as those herein described." 15 These comments were made following work in Nine Mile Canyon where solitary ruins perched on ridgetops are not unusual. The tendency for ruins and other antiquities observed in the Southwest, including Utah, to be interpreted as evidence of Mexican (Aztec) presence or influence was common during the nineteenth century. Frenchmen Jules Remy and Julius Brenchley, who traveled through Utah in 1853, noted that early Cedar City settlers had discovered quantities of pottery and speculated that the city was "built on the site of a considerable city belonging to the Aztecs, a people long since extinct, and once the most civilized of the two Americas." 16 Throughout the Southwest, place names allude to the 14 A Memory Bank for Paragonah, c o m p i l e d by t h e Betsy T o p h a m C a m p D a u g h t e r s of t h e U t a h Pioneers (Provo: Community Press, 1990), p . 101. 15 H e n r y Montgomery, "Prehistoric Man in Utah," The Archaeologist, vol. 2, n o . 8 (1894), p. 340. 16 Jules Remy a n d Julius Brenchley, Afourney to Salt Lake City: with a Sketch of the History, Religion,

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Aztecs or assume an Aztec presence: Montezuma Creek, Montezuma Valley, Aztec Ruin, Montezuma's Castle, etc. The source of this perception likely derives from assumptions of cultural connections between the elaborate southwestern societies and the powerful Aztec empire to the south, coupled with an incomplete knowledge of the details of the Spanish conquest of Mexico and the fate of the Aztecs, some of whom were t h o u g h t to have fled northward with Aztec riches. 17 The fact that the early farmers of Utah and the Southwest raised corn, a crop of Mexican origin, added credence to these assumptions. Southeastern Utah was the focus of intense archaeological collecting in the 1890s. Several expeditions by Charles McLoyd and Charles Graham of southwestern Colorado were made into southeastern Utah in the early 1890s. McLoyd and Graham's brother Howard had worked earlier with the Wetherills at Mesa Verde where they developed an interest in relic hunting. McLoyd and Graham focused their efforts west of Comb Ridge in White and Lake canyons and Grand Gulch, or Grand Wash as it was often called. The collections they made, which were praised by the Illustrated American as the best in the world, went to various eastern museums. 18 In the summer of 1891 McLoyd was accompanied by the Reverend H. C. Green, a Baptist minister from Durango, Colorado, who had earlier purchased a large Grand Gulch collection from McLoyd. They traveled into Grand Gulch and apparently into adjacent canyons in their quest for "relics." Green was highly enthusiastic about their finds and later speculated that these artifacts were the most ancient in the New World.19 The Wetherill brothers, cattle ranchers on the Mancos River in southwestern Colorado, had actively explored for ruins to the east and discovered the great cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde. They became interested in southeastern Utah in 1893 at the World's Fair in Chicago. and Customs of the Mormons, and an Introduction on the Religious Movement in the United States (London: W. Jeffs, 1861), p. 364. 17 Aztec traditions place their origins to the n o r t h , a fact n o t e d by nineteenth-century historians. This information was not lost on white settlers moving into the Southwest who concluded ruins were left by Aztecs gradually moving to their historic h o m e in t h e Valley of Mexico. For m o r e on this topic see William H. Prescott, Conquest of Mexico (1843); Robert H. Lister and Florence C. Lister, Those Who Came Before: Southwest Archaeology in the National Park System (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1983). 18 Ibid. 19 For detailed background of H. C. Green a n d the disposition of the collections m a d e see Phillips, " A r c h a e o l o g i c a l E x p e d i t i o n s i n t o S o u t h e a s t e r n U t a h , " p p . 1 0 4 - 6 , a n d A n n Hayes, " T h e C h i c a g o C o n n e c t i o n : 100 Years in the Life of t h e H. C. G r e e n Collection," in Victoria M. Atkins, ed., Anasazi Basketmaker: Papers from the 1990 Wetherill-Grand Gulch Symposium, Cultural Resource Series No. 24 (Salt Lake City: Bureau of Land Management, 1990), p p . 121-27.


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Fortuitously, Richard Wetherill met the Hyde brothers, the wealthy heirs to the Bab-O soap fortune who were fascinated by archaeology. T h e Hyde brothers and Richard Wetherill organized the Hyde Exploring Expeditions and, between 1893 and 1903, thoroughly explored southeastern Utah, especially Grand Gulch.20 The collections made on those trips were usually purchased from the Wetherills by the Hyde brothers who then donated them to the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The Wetherills' contribution to our understanding of the prehistory of the Southwest is significant. In Cottonwood Wash the Wetherills excavated a series of oval cists that contained mummies covered by conically shaped, coiled baskets four to five feet in diameter. They noted that no pottery was present with these remains, there was no evidence for the bow and arrow (only atlatls and atlatl darts), there was no cranial deformation, and the sandals were different. Most important, Richard Wetherill noted that these features a n d associated artifacts were located stratigraphically below Cliff Dweller ruins. Wetherill called these earlier folks the Basketmaker, thereby establishing a relative chronology for the Anasazi. That chronology was later formalized by Alfred V. Kidder with his Pecos classification, a scheme that has persisted to the present (with some refinements). 21 The activities and findings of these professional collectors in the Four Corners area did not go unnoticed by archaeologists at the U of U. As noted, Henry Montgomery traveled throughout the state excavating and making observations and collections. Byron Cummings, a professor of classical languages at the U of U, also became interested in archaeology and worked with Montgomery to increase the university's artifact holdings. He traveled to the Four Corners area several times between 1893 and 1914, excavating sites and making collections, although very little of his research was ever published. 22 Cummings's contributions to Utah archaeology are twofold: he founded the Department of Archaeology at the U of U in 1914, and he trained several students who went on to become influential professionals. During his 1908 excavations at Alkali Ridge near Blanding, for example, his students included Neil Judd, A. V. Kidder, and Jesse Nusbaum, all of 20

Frank McNitt, Richard Wetherill: Anasazi ( A l b u q u e r q u e : University of New Mexico Press, 1957). Alfred Vincent Kidder, "Southwestern Archaeological Conference," Science68(1927):489-91. 22 However, see Byron C u m m i n g s , "Kivas of t h e San J u a n D r a i n a g e , " American Anthropologist l7(1915):272-82. 21

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Byron Cummings Expedition, 1909, in Tsegi Canyon, Northeast Arizona. Front row: Byron Cummings, Edgar L. Hewitt; back row: Neil Judd, Don Beauregard, John Wetherill, Doc Blum. Courtesy of C. Gregory Crampton Collection, Mariott Library Manuscript Division, University of Utah.

w h o m went on to distinguished c a r e e r s in archaeology. J u d d a n d Andrew Kerr, another archaeology student at the U of U, continued investigations and collecting activity after Cummings left the university for an influential career in Arizona. J u d d ' s contributions to Utah archaeology are great and are discussed in detail in the following section. Kerr went on to Harvard and r e t u r n e d to Utah in 1922. His subsequent research in southeastern Utah focused on collecting objects rather than systematic research. Collecting expeditions into Utah continued as late as the 1940s. T h e latest of these was s p o n s o r e d by the C a r n e g i e M u s e u m of Pittsburgh in 1945 and 1946 to explore the triangular-shaped region east of the Colorado River and north of the San Juan. 23 Significant contributions of this era of institutional collecting 23 Floyd W. S h a r r o c k a n d Edward G. Keane, Carnegie Museum Collection from Southeast Utah, Anthropological Papers No. 57, Glen Canyon Series No. 16 (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1962).


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were the popularizing or publicizing of archaeological remains and the beginnings of speculation about temporal relationships and affiliations. By the early 1900s the archaeological "hot spots" in Utah had not only been identified, they had been well explored, exploited, and, in many cases, depleted. Tragically, little documentation of site context or even site location for the collections was preserved through publication. In the early 1900s information consisted mostly of archaeological lore. That lore and the few written pieces, such as Montgomery's, identified a well-traveled archaeological path through Utah leading from Willard to Utah Valley, Nephi, Kanosh, Beaver, Paragonah, Nine Mile Canyon, and various locations in southeastern and southwestern Utah. By the turn of the century the scene was set for more disciplined study. 1910-47: BEGINNING OF PROFESSIONAL ARCHAEOLOGY Professional archaeology in the United States was growing rapidly in the early twentieth century due to employment opportunities at major museums and the acceptance of anthropology as a university discipline.24 As a consequence, a generation of formally trained professionals entered the field and began a new era of archaeological research. Professional interests at the turn of the century focused on understanding the time depth of New World civilizations with regional syntheses based on material traits a fundamental goal. A rapidly expanding literature reporting archaeological research in all areas of North America made such summaries possible. Neil Judd was the first university trained archaeologist to work in the state and was an important and influential early figure in Utah archaeology. A Nebraska native, he moved to Utah where he taught public school.25 In his early twenties his interests shifted to archaeology, and between 1907 and 1911 he studied archaeology and earned a bachelor's degree under Byron Cummings at the University of Utah. Afterwards he worked at the Smithsonian as an aide and in 1913 completed a master's degree at George Washington University. Between 1915 and 1920 Judd surveyed and excavated at numerous mounds in several Wasatch Front valleys and at Anasazi sites in northwestern 24 See G o r d o n Willey a n d Jeremy Sabloff, A History of American Archaeology, 3d ed. (New York: W. H. F r e e m a n a n d Company, 1993) for a b r o a d view of trends in American archaeology. 25 J a m e s R. G l e n n , Register to the Papers of Neil Merton fudd ( W a s h i n g t o n , D . C : N a t i o n a l Anthropological Archives, 1982).

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Arizona and near Kanab. He spent considerable time excavating o n t h e G e o r g e Bradshaw farm at Beaver a n d at the now familiar Paragonah site in Parowan Valley. Like Palmer, J u d d concluded that the ruins he investigated along the Wasatch Front were related to the Puebloan cultures of the Southwest: . . . [they are] definitely a n d directly r e l a t e d to those p r e - P u e b l o [Basketmaker] and Pueblo cultures represented by the prehistoric ruins of n o r t h e r n Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. These archaeological observations north of the Rio Colorado have extended far to the n o r t h a n d west that area known to have b e e n i n h a b i t e d by a n c i e n t P u e b l o peoples. 26

Several factors influenced this conclusion. He was impressed by the p r e s e n c e of pueblo-like, above-ground, adobe-walled houses at Beaver a n d Paragonah a n d by Palmer's description of similar structures at Payson. In addition, J u d d excavated what he concluded was a kiva at Beaver (see also t h e discussion of Steward's r e s e a r c h at Kanosh below). O t h e r Puebloan influences were evident in the pottery, especially the painted bowls and corrugated ollas at the Beaver a n d P a r a g o n a h sites, which h e d e s c r i b e d as " u n q u e s t i o n a b l y Puebloan." 2 7 And, of course, t h e g r o u p s were, like the P u e b l o a n s , farmers. Judd's findings were very influential. Subsequent researchers working along the Wasatch c o n t i n u e d to refer to m o u n d sites a n d their associated material culture as Puebloan until the 1950s,28 despite Noel Morss's important research along the Fremont River which differentiated between farming societies in that area a n d the Anasazi (see below). 29 Professional activity was continued in 1920 by Jesse Nusbaum, who had developed an interest in the Southwest through his work with Edgar Lee Hewitt (an early southwestern archaeologist) a n d Byron Cummings. Nusbaum, now employed by the Museum of the American Indian in New York, excavated DuPont Cave a few miles north of Kanab. This was an important Basketmaker II cache site with several large, slablined cists containing corn, elaborate nets, square-toed sandals, a moun26 Neil M. J u d d , Archaeological Observations North of the Rio Grande, Bulletin No. 82, B u r e a u of American Ethnology (Washington, D . C : Smithsonian Institution, 1926), p. 152. 27 Ibid., p. 26. 28 See for example, Julian H. Steward, "Early Inhabitants of Western Utah, Part I—Mounds a n d House Types," Bulletin of the University of Utah, Vol. 23, No. 7, 1933; Jack R. Rudy, Archeological Survey of Western Utah, Anthropological Papers No. 12 (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1953); a n d H. Marie Wormington, A Reappraisal of the Fremont Culture, Proceedings No. 1 (Denver: The Denver Museum of Natural History, 1955). 29 Noel Morss, The Ancient Culture of the Fremont River in Utah, Papers of the Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology Vol. 12, No. 2 (Cambridge: Harvard University, 1931).


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tain sheep horn sickle, and basketry.30 The site was aceramic and similar to other Basketmaker occupations recently found south and east of the Colorado by the Wetherills and A. V Kidder and Samuel Guernsey.31 Nusbaum's findings established pre-Puebloan occupations north of the Colorado River and provided more credibility for Judd's Puebloan characterization of farming groups along the Wasatch Front. In the late 1920s the Peabody Museum at Harvard renewed its interest in Utah archaeology with the Claflin-Emerson Expedition.32 William H. Claflin, Jr., and Raymond Emerson were Boston businessmen interested in the American Indian. Claflin was also the Member of the Claflin-Emerson Expedition curator of southeastern documenting rock art along the Fremont River in archaeology at the Peabody. 1928 or 1929. Courtesy of Peabody Museum, At the suggestion of A. V. Harvard University. Kidder, who had done field work in southeastern Utah u n d e r Cummings, they explored the region west and north of the Colorado River in 1927 for rich archaeological areas. Encouraged by their findings, Claflin and Emerson and their wives financed four years (1928-31) of archaeological research in eastern Utah, focusing on the Green River drainage north of the 30 Jesse L. Nusbaum, A Basket Maker Cave in Kane County, Utah, Indian Notes a n d Monographs, Miscellaneous Series No. 29, Museum of the American Indian (New York: Heye Foundation, 1922). 31 Alfred V. Kidder a n d Samuel J. Guernsey, Archaeological Explorations in Northeastern Arizona, Bulletin No. 65, Bureau of American Ethnology (Washington, D . C : Smithsonian Institution, 1919). 32 James H. G u n n e r s o n , The Fremont Culture: A Study in Culture Dynamics on the Northern Anasazi Frontier, Papers of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology a n d Ethnology Vol. 59, N o . 2 (Cambridge: Harvard University, 1969).

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j u n c t u r e with the Colorado, the F r e m o n t River, Boulder (Coombs Site), the Kaiparowits Plateau, Nine Mile Canyon, a n d a n u m b e r of other adjacent locales. An important consequence of the Claflin-Emerson Expedition was the research carried out by expedition member Noel Morss on the F r e m o n t River in 1928 and 1929. Based on this work, Morss defined a new archaeological culture, the Fremont, n a m e d after the river. H e described the Fremont Culture as peripheral to the Southwest based on a n u m b e r of material differences: "a distinctive unpainted black or gray pottery; by the exclusive use of a u n i q u e type of moccasin; by a cult of unbaked clay figurines; by a b u n d a n t pictographs of distinctive types; and by a n u m b e r of minor features which tended to identify it as a Southwestern culture on approximately a Basket-maker III level."33 He recognized that the Fremont economy utilized domesticated crops b u t also relied heavily on wild foods. H e contrasted F r e m o n t a n d Puebloan pottery and basketry and n o t e d the absence of cotton and turkeys. Morss saw t h e F r e m o n t C u l t u r e as e x t e n d i n g west to t h e Beaver-Paragonah area a n d n o r t h to Nine Mile Canyon and Vernal and concluded that this area was clearly influenced by the Southwest but a pattern had evolved that was "not an integral part of the main stream of Southwestern development." 34 Morss's research and his publication The Ancient Culture of the Fremont River in Utah are classics in U t a h archaeology. H e i n t r o d u c e d t h e t e r m F r e m o n t which has become the generic referent for the horticultural groups north of the Colorado-Virgin river drainages. Initially, Fremont referred only to farmers on the Colorado Plateau where Morss worked. A n o t h e r m e m b e r of the 1931 Claflin-Emerson Expedition was J o h n Otis Brew, who acted as the assistant d i r e c t o r of t h e project u n d e r Donald Scott that year. Partially because of his experience in Utah and again partially d u e to suggestions from A. V Kidder, Brew i n i t i a t e d excavations at a series of sites o n Alkali Ridge east of Blanding. His report on this project is a cornerstone of southwestern archaeology. 3 5 His i n t e r p r e t a t i o n of Site 13 defined the P u e b l o I p e r i o d (A.D. 700-900), a n d his p r o b i n g ruminations on the various issues in southwestern archaeology are as thought-provoking today as they were nearly fifty years ago. Shortly after Morss's research o n the F r e m o n t River, Julian H. 33

Morss, The Ancient Culture of the Fremont River, p. iv. Ibid., p. 77. 35 Brew, Archaeology of Alkali Ridge. 34


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Steward came to the U of U as chair of the Department of Anthropology. He arrived in 1930 and remained on the faculty until 1933, although he continued his Utah research through 1935.36 His contributions to the anthropology of the Great Basin and Utah cannot be overstated. His archaeological work is overshadowed by his ethnographic research on the peoples of the Great Basin, particularly the Western Shoshone of Nevada and the Owens Valley Paiute. These studies contributed significantly to the development of Steward's cultural ecology concept, a perspective that continues to be highly influential in archaeology, as well as his notions of the structure and evolution of bands. Steward's archaeological research during his short tenure at the U of U included excavations at mound sites near Willard, Grantsville, Provo, and Kanosh. Although today these sites are classified as Fremont, Steward, like Judd and others before him, concluded that the people who had built the houses that formed the mounds were either Puebloan or closely related groups who had not "progressed" past the Basketmaker level. Steward used the label "Northern Periphery" to refer to that portion of Utah north of the Anasazi.37 The implication of this term was that Fremont cultural developments were greatly influenced by, but peripheral to, the Anasazi. (The term "Northern Periphery" was later rejected as obscuring the uniqueness and depth of Utah's prehistoric past.) 38 Steward also carried out a wide-ranging reconnaissance effort in the Kanab and Glen Canyon area that was organized specifically to assist in understanding the Puebloan-like settlements north of the Anasazi.39 In addition, he excavated a series of caves around the Great Salt Lake. Based on his observations there and research in Utah Valley, Steward defined a relative (there were no absolute dating techniques at that time) cultural historical sequence that remains viable today, including the stratigraphic differentiation of Puebloan (Fremont), post-Puebloan or Promontory Culture, and the Shoshone. 40 Operating 30

Smith, "Utah Anthropology." Steward, "Early Inhabitants," 1933. Steward apparently b o r r o w e d the t e r m from A. V. Kidder w h o referred to the area n o r t h of the San J u a n d r a i n a g e as the " N o r t h e r n Peripheral District" in his classic r e p o r t of excavations at the Pecos Ruin entitled, An Introduction to the Study of Southwestern Archaeology (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1924). 38 Jack R. Rudy, An Archaeological Survey of Western Utah, Anthropological Papers No. 12 (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1953), p. 168. 39 Julian H. Steward, Archaeological Reconnaissance of Southern Utah, Anthropological Papers No. 18, Bulletin No. 128, Bureau of American Ethnology (Washington, D . C : Smithsonian Institution, 1941). 40 Julian H. Steward, Ancient Caves of the Great Salt Lake Region, Bulletin No. 116, Bureau of American Ethnology (Washington, D . C : Smithsonian Institution, 1937). 37

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Julian Steward, second from right, at Lee's Ferry on the Colorado River, 1932. USHS collections, gift of Charles Kelly. Inset: Julian Steward from a photograph probably taken while Steward was at the University of Utah between 1930 and 1933. Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution.

with no absolute dating tools other than stratigraphy, Steward was able to "guess-date" much of the prehistory of the eastern Great Basin with unsettling accuracy. He was the first to recognize the variability in the Northern Periphery and to formalize that recognition with a model of regional variation based on material traits.41 Later adopted and altered by several scholars, that scheme remained largely intact for decades. Steward left the U of U in 1933 for a two-year j o b at Berkeley en route to a staff position at the Bureau of American Ethnology at the Smithsonian in 1935.42 His departure left a void partially filled by the appointment of J o h n Gillin in 1935. During his two years at the U of U, Gillin pursued an active field p r o g r a m . He worked first in Nine 41 Julian H. Steward, Archaeological Problems of the Northern Periphery of the Southwest, Bulletin No. 5 (Flagstaff: Museum of Northern Arizona, 1933). 42 R o b e r t F. Murphy, "Introduction: T h e A n t h r o p o l o g i c a l T h e o r i e s of J u l i a n H. Steward," in Evolution and Ecology: Essays on Social Transformation by Julian H. Steward, ed. J a n e C Steward and Robert F. Murphy (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1977), pp. 5-6.


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Mile Canyon and produced one of the few monographs describing the archaeology of that i m p o r t a n t region. 4 3 In 1937 he e m b a r k e d on a project in central Utah jointly sponsored by the Peabody Museum and the U of U.44 It took him to Marysvale, Ephraim, and Tooele where he excavated various mounds during the summer of 1938. He excavated s q u a r e a n d r o u n d pit houses in a n d n e a r the m o u n d s a n d , like Steward and Judd, maintained the Puebloan perspective by concluding they were probably kivas. Like several scholars before him, Gillin was assisted by students a n d staff who went on to make substantive contributions of their own, e.g., Robert Lister (then at the University of New Mexico and later an important figure in Glen Canyon work), William Mulloy, and Carling Malouf. With Gillin's departure, Elmer R. Smith was asked to represent archaeology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and to act as the curator of the Museum of Archaeology at the U of U. Smith conceptualized a regional approach to understanding (identifying) the state's archaeological resources. During the summer of 1937 h e investigated previously unknown archaeological sites and revisited well-explored ruins in the central a n d southern portions of the state. During his visits to these sites he m a d e crude maps, took brief notes o n his excavations, a n d published very preliminary reports on the work, including a suite of pressing preservation issues and research questions. 45 Much of Smith's field work, however, focused on caves around t h e Great Salt Lake. In 1941 he tested a site known as H a n d s and Knees Cave near Wendover but r e n a m e d it Danger Cave after falling rocks nearly hit members of his crew.46 Smith also spent four seasons (1938-41) excavating Deadman Cave, a sheltered site at the north end of the Oquirrh Mountains 4 7 and worked at Black Rock II Cave near Deadman. 4 8 Smith was absent from the university during World War 43 J o h n Gillin, Archaeological Investigations in Nine Mile Canyon, Utah, During the Year of 1936, Bulletin of the University of Utah, Vol. 28, No. 11 (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1938). 44 J o h n Gillin, Archaeological Investigations in Central Utah, Papers of the Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology Vol. 17, No. 2 (Cambridge: Harvard University, 1941). The foreword to this publication was written by Donald Scott. Scott, who directed the Claflin-Emerson Expedition described above, was director of the Peabody Museum and remained current in the archaeology of the N o r t h e r n Periphery. 45 Elmer R. Smith, Archaeological Resources of Utah, MS on file, Department of Anthropology, (Salt Lake City: University of Utah, 1937). 46 Jesse D.Jennings, Danger Cave, Anthropological Papers No. 27 (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1957), p. 45. 47 Elmer R. Smith, The Archaeology of Deadman Cave, Utah: A Revision, Anthropological Papers No. 10 (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1952). 48 David B. Madsen, Black Rock Cave Revisited, Cultural Resource Series No. 14 (Salt Lake City: Utah Office, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, 1983).

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II; afterwards his interests were in applied anthropology rather than archaeology. H e obtained detailed insights a n d familiarity with the archaeological resources t h r o u g h his statewide reconnaissance and, because of that work, provided an i m p o r t a n t transition between the m o r e influential scholars, J u l i a n Steward a n d Jesse J e n n i n g s (see below). Much of Smith's research findings appeared in the University of U t a h Archaeology and Ethnology Papers, a series that he initiated a n d edited. At about the same time that Gillin a n d Smith were at the U of U, Albert Reagan arrived at Brigham Young University (BYU) a n d initiated an interest in local archaeology. Reagan retired in 1934 from his position with the U.S. Bureau of I n d i a n Affairs in Vernal to b e c o m e special professor of anthropology at BYU until his death in 1936. H e was an energetic field worker a n d a prolific, if not scientifically rigorous, writer who published n u m e r o u s short articles on Utah prehistory a n d ethnography. His archaeological attentions were divided between his long-standing interest in the Uinta Basin and new research in Utah Valley and the Nephi mounds. 4 9 His work is important for its detailed descriptions of sites a n d findings a n d d o c u m e n t a t i o n of rock art. Professional a r c h a e o l o g y was well established in U t a h by t h e 1940s. Serious students had access to n u m e r o u s publications on field projects. T h e m o s t influential c o n t r i b u t i o n s c a m e from J u d d a n d Steward, b o t h of w h o m w e n t o n to brilliant, nationally p r o m i n e n t careers in anthropology. Judd's most notable contributions were in the archaeology of the Southwest while Steward e m e r g e d as o n e of the p r e e m i n e n t American anthropologists of the twentieth century. A m e r i c a n a r c h a e o l o g y in t h e 1940s was deeply c o m m i t t e d to d e t a i l e d m a t e r i a l studies focused o n d e v e l o p i n g relative c u l t u r a l chronologies. However, preoccupation with such studies was coming increasingly u n d e r attack by those who felt archaeology had lost sight of t h e anthropological goals of u n d e r s t a n d i n g h u m a n behavior a n d cultural change. Fortuitously, radiocarbon dating was developed in the late 1940s, a discovery t h a t r e v o l u t i o n i z e d archaeology. Two very i m p o r t a n t consequences of r a d i o c a r b o n dating were (1) the continentwide availability of absolute or calendar dates allowing, for the first time, the construction of regional, absolute culture chronologies and (2) the relaxing of the highly involved seriation studies, freeing archaeologists to attend to behavioral issues and the reconstruction of 49

Albert B. Reagan, "Archaeological Report of Field Work Done in Utah in 1934 and 1935,"

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prehistoric lifeways. No o n e was m o r e aware of the i m p o r t a n c e of t h e s e c h a n g e s a n d t h e o p p o r t u n i t i e s they offered t h a n Jesse D. Jennings, the father of Utah archaeology. 1948-80:


Jesse D.Jennings came to the U of U in 1948 and, over the succeeding thirty years, brought stability and a fundamental understanding of the cultural history of U t a h a n d the Great Basin region. His ability to synthesize a wealth of archaeological data in a readable and coherent fashion combined with a steady focus over his long tenure, set Jennings apart as the most influential figure in Utah archaeology. He came to the university with a wealth of field experience. While pursuing graduate studies at the University of Chicago, he worked in the Midwest a n d Southeast, excavated at the massive Guatemalan site of Kaminaljuyu with A. V. Kidder, a n d worked for the National Park Service in the Southwest. Immediately prior to his faculty appointment at Utah, he was employed by the NPS in Omaha, Nebraska. 50 He brought to his position a flair for organization and logistics, high expectations for students, and a very clear vision of how archaeology should be done. Jennings's impact on the archaeology of Utah and the Great Basin was i m m e d i a t e a n d significant. In 1949 h e o r g a n i z e d t h e Utah Statewide Archaeological Survey and, through a series of large-scale reconnaissance surveys that built o n the preliminary work of Neil Judd, Julian Steward, and Elmer Smith, obtained a preliminary understanding of Utah's archaeological resources, including an assessment of the known and not-so-well-known regions. 51 During and following this survey work h e pursued excavations at sites that promised information a b o u t the prehistory of the state. To insure p r o m p t publication of research findings, h e replaced t h e old Archaeology a n d Ethnology Papers series with the University of Utah Anthropological Papers. The 1950s-70s was a time of incredible archaeological activity at t h e U of U. T h e all-important Danger Cave work occupied m u c h of the early fifties, while the massive Glen Canyon project was the focus of the late fifties and early sixties. C o n c u r r e n t with Glen Canyon was t h e archaeological survey at Flaming Gorge. 52 In addition, Jennings 50 See Jesse D.Jennings, Accidental Archaeologist (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1994), for a full bibliographical account. 51 See, for example, the survey work of Jack Rudy, 1953, in the western deserts of Utah. 52 Kent C. Day and David S. Dibble, Archaeological Survey of the Flaming Gorge Reservoir Area, Wyoming-Utah, Upper Colorado Series No. 9, Anthropological Papers No. 65 (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1963).

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personally or through graduate assistants directed excavations in all parts of the state. Research t e n d e d to focus on caves (e.g., H o g u p Cave, Sudden Shelter, Cowboy Cave) or Fremont structural sites (e.g., the Bear River sites, Nephi Mounds, Pharo Village, Snakerock, Median Village, and others). The work was accomplished as part of the archaeological field school program, but m u c h was also completed as salvage or contract work. The research budget was often supplemented with grants from the National Science Foundation. At least two projects deserve expanded treatment: the Wendover caves and Glen Canyon. These projects resulted in significant publications, concepts, or facilities developments. Wendover Caves Project Jennings's most influential work was done during the 1950s. The Wendover caves project was one of the earliest and perhaps the most important that he completed. The work centered on several dry caves in Utah's west desert near Wendover. T h e most productive was Danger Cave where excavation was begun in 1949 and completed in 1953. As noted above, Danger had been investigated earlier by Robert Heizer and Elmer Smith, but testing had b e e n limited and poorly controlled. T h e difficulties in excavating a large, dry cave are graphically presented by J e n n i n g s in the introductory section of the Danger Cave report and exemplify his writing skills: These caves should, in theory, have b e e n the easiest and most readily understood sites the archaeologist could encounter. Each told the same story; each was the simple, uncomplicated statement of the accumulation of cultural habitational debris in conjunction with the operation of natural forces. T h e r e was n o t h i n g e x c e p t layer after layer of fill lying smoothly upon one another. The very formlessness and monotony of the debris made for difficulty in understanding. Dry for millennia, the colloidally fine particles of dust and ash which comprised the fill were quite unstable. In a waste heap or exposed in a face, the gray or buff fill ran in rivulets when touched or disturbed by the transmitted shock of digging anywhere in the cave. O n c e disturbed all the fill materials flowed like water downward and outward until a precarious stability was achieved. As the dust eddied in the restless air, a gray pall settled on all exposed cuts dulling the already subdued colors and obscuring contrasts between layers.53

T h e wonderfully d e e p a n d artifactually rich, yet m o n o t o n o u s , deposits in Danger and other western desert caves provided the basis for one of Jennings's most enduring (and controversial) legacies, the 53

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Desert Culture concept. T h e i m p a c t of this c o n c e p t derived equally from archaeological materials recovered from Danger Cave a n d the e t h n o g r a p h i c d a t a g e n e r a t e d by t h e earlier r e s e a r c h of J u l i a n Steward. 54 Jennings's articulation of the highly detailed, ecologically o r i e n t e d e t h n o g r a p h y of the central Great Basin Western Shoshone with the archaeological assemblages from Danger Cave was very effective. 55 To some, however, the suggestion that Great Basin prehistory was accurately characterized by Steward's Western Shoshone model or t h e contents of the Wendover caves was unacceptable. 5 6 These differences led to lively debates over concepts a n d definitions. Jennings's own criterion for the success of t h e idea was the a m o u n t of research it stimulated, a n d that has b e e n considerable. T h e i m p o r t a n c e of the D a n g e r Cave research, regardless of the D e s e r t C u l t u r e c o n c e p t , was a n d is great. T h e r a d i o c a r b o n dates o b t a i n e d from the basal layers established a h u m a n presence in the Great Basin at the close of the Pleistocene. 57 T h e controlled research o n t h e recovered materials c o n f i r m e d the reality of a h u n t i n g a n d g a t h e r i n g lifeway t h a t e n d u r e d for a very l o n g time ( a b o u t 8,000 years) over m u c h of N o r t h A m e r i c a . T h e D a n g e r Cave s e q u e n c e encompasses the entire temporal span of pre-European cultural history in the Great Basin. T h e significance of the Danger Cave excavations and Jennings's report was recognized by the Society of American Archaeology which published the work as a memoir. 58 Glen Canyon Project During the late 1950s archaeological research in the canyons of t h e Colorado River b e g a n in anticipation of the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam a n d the filling of the truly h u g e reservoir area to b e called Lake Powell. From 1956 until 1963 the Glen Canyon Project, a j o i n t effort of t h e U of U a n d t h e M u s e u m of N o r t h e r n Arizona, 54 J u l i a n H. Steward, Basin-Plateau Aboriginal Sociopolitical Groups, Bulletin N o . 120, B u r e a u of American Ethnology (Washington D . C : Smithsonian Institution, 1938). 55 For insightful discussions of J e n n i n g s ' s u s e of e t h n o g r a p h i c d a t a see C a t h e r i n e S. Fowler, " E t h n o g r a p h y a n d Great Basin Prehistory," in D o n D. Fowler, ed., Models and Great Basin Prehistory: A Symposium, Publications in Social Sciences No. 12 (Reno: Desert Research Institute, 1977), p p . 11-48. For c o m m e n t s o n t h e evolution of t h e Desert C u l t u r e m o d e l see C. Melvin Aikens, Hogup Cave, Anthropological Papers No. 93 (Salt Lake City, University of Utah Press, 1970); Jesse D . J e n n i n g s , "The Short Useful Life of a Simple Hypothesis," Tebiwa: fournal of the Idaho State University Museum 13(1973):l-9. 56 Robert F. Heizer, "Recent Cave Explorations in the Lower H u m b o l d t Valley, Nevada," University of California Archaeological Survey R e p o r t s N o . 33 (Berkeley: A r c h a e o l o g i c a l R e s e a r c h Facility, D e p a r t m e n t of Anthropology, 1956), p p . 50-57. 57 T h e initial dates were r u n in 1951 and 1952 by Willard F. Libby, who developed the radiocarbon technique. 58 Jesse D.Jennings, Danger Cave, Memoirs No. 14, Society of American Archaeology (1957).

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e x p l o r e d the canyon for archaeological remains and to d o c u m e n t a n d recover d a t a before Lake Powell i n u n d a t e d it. A l t h o u g h t h e r e g i o n h a d b e e n e x p l o r e d n o fewer t h a n thirty-seven times by p e o p l e like Byron C u m m i n g s , Earl Morris, J o h n Wetherill, Neil J u d d , and Julian Steward, little h a d b e e n written d e s c r i b i n g t h e i r findings. 5 9 T h e project was massive—a logistical nightm a r e in m a n y ways—and in m a n y ways tailor-made for Jennings who, as noted earlier, h a d a talent for m a n a g i n g c o m p l e x projects. T h e research was multidisciplinary and involved historians, geologists, a n d botanists, as well as archaeologists, a n d set a stanJesse D. Jennings on the Kaiparowits Plateau dard for environmental studies during the Glen Canyon Project. Courtesy of in advance of destructive Utah Museum of Natural History, University of Utah. d e v e l o p m e n t . Always interested in a b r o a d e r view, J e n n i n g s s u p p l e m e n t e d t h e work b e i n g d o n e in the canyon with research on nearby Kaiparowits Plateau, near Kanab, at the Coombs Site (now Anasazi State Park) n e a r Boulder, a n d in the St. George area. In keeping with his insistence o n "closing the circuit," Jennings r e p o r t e d all findings in the thirty-one volumes of the Glen Canyon Series of the Anthropological Papers. Jennings's assessment of the Glen Canyon work focused on the "genius of the Anasazi culture" which h e saw as based on "ancient fora g i n g skills," i n c l u d i n g t h e "ability to develop a n d exploit limited water."60 This genius is revealed in the multitude of small Anasazi ruins in regions where even small-scale farming seemed impossible. Critical 59 Jesse D.Jennings, Glen Canyon: A Summary, Glen Canyon Series No. 31, Anthropological Paper No. 81 (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1966). 60 Jesse D.Jennings, Glen Canyon: A Summary, Anthropological Papers No. 81, Glen Canyon Series No. 31 (Salt Lake City, University of Utah Press, 1966), p p . 62-63.


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skills h o n e d over t h e m i l l e n n i a of the p r e c e d i n g Archaic a n d a c q u i r e d / i n h e r i t e d by Anasazi gardeners provided the key to Anasazi survival. Jennings considered these "backwoods Anasazi" more representative of the Anasazi pattern than the great ruins at Mesa Verde or Chaco. Significantly, h e included the F r e m o n t in his discussions of Utah farming strategies but argued that it was best understood on its own terms rather than as a dilute form of the Anasazi pattern. In summ i n g u p , J e n n i n g s stated that the "main contribution" of the Glen C a n y o n Project was r e m o v i n g "the r e g i o n from the limbo of the unknown. Instead of an empty place on the maps of biologists, historians and archeologists as it once was, Glen Canyon emerges as the best known archeological area of comparable size and difficulty in the West." Additionally, the Glen C a n y o n work m a d e clear t h a t the A n a s a z i - F r e m o n t b o u n d a r y was real a n d dynamic t h r o u g h the research at the Coombs Site and the Kaiparowits Plateau which docum e n t e d Anasazi settlements well n o r t h of the Colorado River around A.D. 1100.61 Jennings's Contributions The Desert Culture may be the phrase that most often comes to m i n d when Jennings's work is discussed, but other contributions equal it in importance. Primary is the totality of the archaeological data generated at Utah during his thirty years of field work, all of which were p r o m p t l y analyzed a n d objectively r e p o r t e d for the benefit of contemporary or future scholars. The University of Utah Anthropological Papers series, which contains n u m e r o u s volumes reporting site excavation results, stands as evidence of this significant contribution to Utah archaeology as well as to his commitment to bringing projects to appropriate completion. Jennings's influence also e x t e n d e d to the political a n d administrative arenas. In 1953 h e , a l o n g with o t h e r Great Basin scholars, founded the Great Basin Archaeological Conference (later the Great Basin Anthropological C o n f e r e n c e ) . H e e x p a n d e d the Museum of Anthropology (which he had inherited u p o n his arrival in 1948) into the Utah Museum of Natural History. T h e latter was formally established by the legislature in 1963. J e n n i n g s n u r s e d the new facility 61 See Robert H. Lister and Florence C. Lister, The Coombs Site, Part III, Summary and Conclusions, Glen Canyon Series No. 8, Anthropological Papers No. 41 (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1961) a n d Florence C. Lister, Kaiparowits Plateau and, Glen Canyon Prehistory: An Interpretation Based on Ceramics, Glen Canyon Series No. 24, Anthropological Papers No. 71 (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1964) for discussion of this issue.

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through the critical early period by serving as its director for ten years. In 1973 h e s h e p h e r d e d the first useful state antiquities law t h r o u g h the legislature. It established the Antiquities Section, headed by a state archaeologist, within the Utah Division of State History. T h e concern driving the legislation was archaeological vandalism, an issue eloquently addressed by Jennings in his 1972 letter to legislators: My research in Utah has been exclusively with an effort at understanding Utah's incredibly rich prehistory. All over Utah I have seen evidence of wanton despoliation of Indian sites whose ages go back thousands of years. The destruction falls into three classes: outright vandalism, uninformed b u t intense curiosity, and died-in-the-wool commercial collecting. I can testify t h a t the state's rich r e s o u r c e s are b e i n g stolen a n d destroyed from one e n d of the state to the other. Utah has lagged in the establishment of a serviceable antiquities law and, except as I have interested myself in it, has e x p e n d e d little m o n e y in the protection of this resource. T h e rich saga of Utah's past has been an inspiration to me and led m e to participate in the d e v e l o p m e n t of this legislation. I heartily c o m m e n d it to your earnest consideration. 6 2

T h e law passed in the 1973 session. Finally, J e n n i n g s trained several generations of archaeologists t h r o u g h the U of U field school and graduate program. Students that experienced his field school are n u m e r o u s , and many continue to be active professionals. He has been described as something of a taskmaster in r u n n i n g his projects; 63 however, his occasionally stern discipline was balanced by a sincere c o n c e r n for the future success of the survivors. T h e many publications in t h e Anthropological Papers series a u t h o r e d solely by students (rather t h a n co-authored by himself) is a m p l e evidence of his unselfish emphasis on the quality a n d completeness of the student's experience. Like others who had done archaeology in Utah, his field work was focused for the most part on two kinds of sites: caves and rock shelters a n d o p e n F r e m o n t structural sites. H e b r o u g h t to this work a d e e p interest in h u m a n ecology (inspired certainly by Steward's research) a n d a commitment to telling the story of Utah's cultural past. His ability to choose sites that would provide the kind of data to accomplish t h a t goal served h i m well. In a d d i t i o n to b e i n g the father of U t a h archaeology, J e n n i n g s is o n e of t h e g r e a t synthesizers of N o r t h A m e r i c a n prehistory. H e wrote o n e of the first texts o n N o r t h 62 Jesse D.Jennings, letter dated December 26, 1972, addressed to state legislators, Utah Museum of Natural History Archives, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. 63 Carol J. Condie and Don D. Fowler, eds., Anthropology oftheDesert West: Essays in Honor offesse D. Jennings, Anthropological Papers No. 110 (Salt Lake City: University of Utah, 1986), p. viii.


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A m e r i c a n archaeology {Prehistory of North America, now in its third edition) a n d edited n u m e r o u s o t h e r volumes on the archaeology of the New World and Polynesia. 64 Other Archaeological Activity during the Jennings Era Jennings dominated Utah archaeology for three decades, but others made important contributions during that era. Marie Wormington of the Denver Museum of Natural History worked at the Turner-Look Site n o r t h of Moab between 1939 a n d 1948 (with time out for World War II). This site was relatively small ( a b o u t n i n e s t r u c t u r e s ) , b u t Wormington's discussion of the F r e m o n t in the T u r n e r - L o o k report was highly detailed a n d clearly t h e m o s t definitive coverage of "Northern Periphery" archaeology at the time. 65 Colorado archaeologists also c a r r i e d o u t r e s e a r c h in a n d n e a r D i n o s a u r National M o n u m e n t at sites such as Mantles Cave and T h o r n e Cave.66 Between 1963 and 1965 the University of Colorado surveyed and excavated in Dinosaur National M o n u m e n t u n d e r the direction of Robert Lister a n d David Breternitz. Their emphasis was primarily on Fremont structural sites (Cub Creek Village, Boundary Village, Wholeplace Village, etc.), a l t h o u g h some small shelters were excavated a l o n g with the larger Deluge Shelter. 67 In 1946 the Department of Archaeology was established at BYU. From the mid-1940s into the early 1960s the primary interest there was Mesoamerica; however, Ross Christensen and, later, Ray T Matheny a n d Dale L. Berge excavated m o u n d s in Utah Valley.68 During the late 1960s a n d early 1970s Matheny p u r s u e d research at Anasazi sites in Montezuma Canyon in southeastern Utah as part of the BYU archaeological field school program. 69 Berge's field work in Utah focused primarily on historic sites such as Simpson Springs, old Goshen town in 64 See C. Melvin Aikens, "Jesse D.Jennings, Archeologist" in Condie and Fowler, eds., Anthropology of the Desert West, pp. 1-5; a n d Jennings, Accidental Archaeologist, for details on Jennings's contributions, accomplishments, and awards. 65 H a n n a h Marie Worthington, A Reappraisal of the Fremont Culture with a Summary of the Archaeology of the Northern Periphery (Denver: Denver Museum of Natural History, 1955). 66 R o b e r t F. Burgh a n d Charles R. Scoggin, The Archaeology of Castle Park, Dinosaur National Monument, University of Colorado Studies, Series in Anthropology No. 2 (Boulder: University of Colorado Press, 1948); Kent C. Day, "Thorne Cave, Northeastern Utah: Archaeology," American Antiquity 30(1964): 50-59. 67 See David A. Breternitz, assembler, Archaeological Excavations in Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado-Utah, 1964-1965, University of C o l o r a d o Studies, Series in A n t h r o p o l o g y N o . 17 (Boulder: University of Colorado Press, 1970) for a summary of this work. 68 Archaeological research in Utah Valley is reviewed by Joel C. Janetski, "Utah Lake: Its Role in the Prehistory of Utah Valley," Utah Historical Quarterly 58(1990): 3-31. 69 Ray T. Matheny, "Possible Approaches to Population Distribution Studies in Southeastern Utah," in George J. G u m e r m a n , ed., The Distribution of Prehistoric Population Aggregates, Anthropological Reports No. 1 (Prescott: Prescott College, 1971), pp. 152-64.

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U t a h Valley, Camp Floyd in Cedar Valley, a n d the m i n i n g town of Mercur. 70 Jennings directed his research at the n o r t h e r n three-fourths of the state. With the exception of the Glen Canyon project, research on the Anasazi in southwestern and southeastern Utah was left to others. Matheny's work in Montezuma Canyon, m e n t i o n e d above, and the research of Richard Thompson at Southern Utah University helped fill those gaps. T h o m p s o n p u r s u e d field work almost exclusively at Virgin River Anasazi sites on the Utah-Arizona border and along the Virgin River near St. George. He reported his findings in part in the Western Anasazi Reports, a publication series he initiated. In southeastern Utah, William Lipe (a student of Jennings) continued research on Cedar Mesa and Grand Gulch begun during the Glen Canyon Project. He and his colleague R. G. Matson represent the few scholars with long-term commitments to regional study in this portion of the state. Surprisingly few archaeologists have returned to the spectacular canyons north of the San J u a n River, the scene of the furious collecting activities of the 1890s. Lipe's interests have consistently centered on understanding Anasazi communities and settlement patterns. 71 Both Lipe and Matson have continued their interest in this historic archaeological region, with Matson most recently emphasizing t h e origins a n d h o r t i c u l t u r a l d e p e n d e n c e of early Basketmaker peoples. 72 Archaeological research in U t a h d u r i n g the J e n n i n g s era occurred primarily within the culture history paradigm. The important concerns dominating this research included the timing of h u m a n arrival in the area, the distribution of the Fremont pattern, whether the Fremont strategy was a result of migration or diffusion, Fremont variant models, definitions of pottery styles, etc.73 However, changes in research emphases by American archaeologists during the 1960s and 1970s had an impact on the direction of Utah archaeology as well. The 70 See for example, Dale L. Berge, Simpson Springs Station: Historical Archaeology in Western Utah, Cultural Resource Series No. 6 (Salt Lake City: Utah Office, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, 1980); a n d Dale L. Berge, "Lower Goshen: Archaeology of a P i o n e e r M o r m o n Community," BYU Studies 30(1990). 71 William D. Lipe, "Anasazi Communities in the Red Rock Plateau, Southeastern Utah," in William Longacre, ed., Reconstructing Prehistoric Pueblo Societies (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1970), pp. 84-139. 72 R. G. Matson, The Origins of Southwestern Agriculture (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1991). 73 Particularly influential in modeling Fremont variation was Jennings student J o h n P. Marwitt, Median Village and Fremont Culture Regional Variation, Anthropological Papers No. 9 (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1970); a n o t h e r J e n n i n g s s t u d e n t , C. Melvin Aikens, published i m p o r t a n t t h o u g h t s on the fate of the F r e m o n t in his Fremont-Promontory-Plains Relationships in Northern Utah, Anthropological Papers No. 82 (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1966)


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so-called New Archaeology with its interest in cultural evolution, conc e r n with e x p l a i n i n g c u l t u r a l c h a n g e o r p r o c e s s , a n d d e d u c t i v e a p p r o a c h to a r c h a e o l o g i c a l r e s e a r c h , a m o n g o t h e r things, b e c a m e very influential. E x p l a i n i n g cultural process contrasted sharply with t h e m o r e descriptive goals of cultural historical archaeology d u r i n g the first half of the century. T h e prioritizing of explanation led archaeology historians G o r d o n Willey a n d J e r e m y Sabloff to d u b this era (the 1960s a n d 1970s) the E x p l a n a t o r y Period. 74 An i m p o r t a n t interest of t h e New Archaeology in t h e 1970s was " m i d d l e r a n g e theory," which focused o n o b t a i n i n g a b e t t e r u n d e r s t a n d i n g of how t h e archaeological r e c o r d was f o r m e d . T h o s e interested in this field t u r n e d to studying living peoples to d o c u m e n t site organization a n d h u m a n behaviors responsible for material patterning. This field of study is called ethnoarchaeology. D u r i n g the 1980s m i d d l e r a n g e studies a n d e t h n o a r c h a e o l o g y influenced U t a h archaeological r e s e a r c h in a n u m b e r of ways. T h e b a c k g r o u n d a n d conseq u e n c e s of this c h a n g e in emphasis is laid o u t below. 1980


For several reasons, n o t the least of which was Jennings's departure in t h e early 1980s a n d t h e b u r g e o n i n g field of C u l t u r a l Resource Management (CRM) archaeology (see below), field work in the state following the late 1970s was n o t d o m i n a t e d by the U of U, although that institution continued to be highly influential theoretically. In the mid1970s, for example, the newly established Antiquities Section in the Utah Division of State History, d i r e c t e d by David B. Madsen, t h e first state archaeologist (a position established by t h e U t a h Antiquities Act of 1973), b e c a m e an i m p o r t a n t player in U t a h archaeology. Prior to his appointment, Madsen h a d earned a master's degree at the U of U u n d e r J e n n i n g s a n d a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri at Columbia. His research interests were in paleoenvironmental reconstruction a n d subsistence. As a s t u d e n t at the U of U h e h a d worked at H o g u p Cave in western U t a h , at O'Malley S h e l t e r in s o u t h e a s t e r n Nevada, a n d at a n u m b e r of Fremont sites, a n d was thus familiar with the archaeology. He initiated a publication series, the Antiquities Section Selected Papers, a n d set u p a central location for the m a n a g e m e n t of all archaeological records for the state, a task previously p e r f o r m e d by the U of U. 74 G o r d o n R a n d o l p h Willey a n d J e r e m y A. Sabloff, A History of American Archaeology, 3d ed. (New York: W. H. F r e e m a n a n d Co., 1993).

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David B. Madsen during reexcavations of Danger Cave. Courtesy of Antiquities Section, Utah Division of State History.

Madsen's interests in subsistence a n d environments redirected F r e m o n t research in the late 1970s into the 1980s. Based on excavations at Backhoe Village, a Fremont site in Richfield, Madsen and assistant state archaeologist La Mar Lindsay proposed that the F r e m o n t along the Wasatch Front practiced a "Subsistence economy [that] is based on a d e p e n d e n c e on collecting of wild flora and fauna, primarily from marsh environments, and is supplemented by corn agriculture." 7 5 T h e i r conclusions, i n s p i r e d by t h e discovery of a b u n d a n t cattail pollen on the floors of the houses at Backhoe, reversed the traditional notion that Fremont settled life relied most heavily on corn. This position sparked debate and stimulated more rigorous investigations of the Fremont subsistence economy. Madsen's continuing interest in the Fremont resulted in a formal symposium at the Great Basin Anthropological Conference in 1978 a n d a publication, Fremont Perspectives.™ Shortly afterwards, h e a n d James F. O'Connell (see below) edited a collection of papers entitled Man and Environment in the Great Basin published by the Society for American Archaeology. Madsen's interests in environmental reconstruction and subsistence are evident in this volume that synthesized 75 David B. Madsen and La Mar W. Lindsay, Backhoe Village, Antiquities Section Selected Papers Vol. IV, No. 12 (Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society, 1977), p. 9 1 . 76 David B. Madsen, ed., Fremont Perspectives, Antiquities Section Selected Papers Vol. VII, No. 16 (Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society, 1980).


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H o l o c e n e environments a n d culture histories for all portions of the Great Basin. O ' C o n n e l l ' s c o n t r i b u t i o n (with Kevin J o n e s a n d Steve Simms) to Man and Environment in the Great Basin reviewed the limitations of c u r r e n t theoretical perspectives in Great Basin archaeology (such as culture history a n d descriptive ecology), offering evolutionary ecology as a m o r e powerful body of t h e o r y for u n d e r s t a n d i n g h u m a n behavior. 77 This short p a p e r foreshadowed the influential work of O'Connell and his students in the coming decade. Ironically, Fremont Perspectives marked the end of more than a century of preoccupation with the F r e m o n t by Utah archaeologists. T h e 1980s saw a new research interest emerge in the state—hunter-gatherer studies and middle range research—a focus stemming in part from the influence ofJennings's heir-apparent at the U of U, James F. O'Connell, and the shifts in the emphasis of American archaeology noted earlier. O'Connell was trained at t h e University of California, Berkeley, u n d e r Jennings's long time sparring partner, Robert Heizer, a n d did his doctoral work o n an archaeological study of Surprise Valley in northeastern California. 78 Following this, however, O'Connell shifted his focus to ethnoarchaeology. H e came to the U of U in 1978 and for t h r e e summers directed the field school at Nawthis Village, a large F r e m o n t site in the central part of the state. Afterwards h e t u r n e d his full attention to ethnoarchaeological studies of extant hunter-gatherers in Australia and Africa. Publications by O'Connell a n d U of U coll e a g u e Kristen Hawkes o n t h e i r h u n t e r - g a t h e r e r r e s e a r c h are n u m e r o u s and highly influential in the field.79 That influence is clear in a generation of U of U g r a d u a t e students whose doctoral studies were chaired by O'Connell. Several of t h e m remain in Utah, including Joel Janetski, Kevin Jones, D u n c a n Metcalfe, a n d Steven Simms. 80 Jones, Metcalfe, and Simms established research agendas focusing on 77 James F. O ' C o n n e l l , Kevin T . J o n e s , a n d Steven R. Simms, "Some T h o u g h t s on Prehistoric Archaeology in the Great Basin," in David B. Madsen and James F. O'Connell, eds., Man and Environment in the Great Basin, SAA Papers No. 2 (Washington, D . C : Society of American Archaeology, 1982), p p . 227-40. 78 J a m e s F. O ' C o n n e l l , The Prehistory of Surprise Valley, Anthropological Papers No. 4 (Ramona: Ballena Press, 1975). 79 As examples, James F. O'Connell, "Alyawara Site Structure and Its Archaeological Implications," American Antiquity 52(1987): 74-108. J a m e s F. O'Connell, Kristen Hawkes, and N. Blurton Jones, "Hadza H u n t i n g , B u t c h e r i n g , a n d B o n e T r a n s p o r t a n d T h e i r Archaeological Implications," fournal of Anthropological Research 44(1988): 113-61. Kristen Hawkes, James F. O'Connell, a n d N. Blurton Jones, " H u n t i n g I n c o m e Patterns a m o n g the Hadza: Big G a m e , C o m m o n Goods, Foraging Goals, and the Evolution of the H u m a n Diet," Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, London, B 334(1991): 243-51. 80 As of 1996 Jones was the state archaeologist, Metcalfe was the curator of North American archaeology at the Utah Museum of Natural History, a n d Simms was on the faculty at U t a h State University Janetski (department of anthropology at BYU) studied u n d e r both Jennings and O'Connell at the UofU and bridges the interests of the two with his culture-historical and ecological research on hunter-gatherers.

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m i d d l e r a n g e topics revolving a r o u n d h u n t e r - g a t h e r e r behavior a n d / o r site structure. Perhaps the most active has been Simms whose studies of hunter-gatherer foraging behavior and thoughtful theoretical perspectives are widely cited. 8 1 T h e t r e n d is also reflected in research by David Madsen, whose interest in middle range studies and evolutionary ecology is apparent in several papers 82 Both Janetski and Simms have prioritized research o n post-Fremont (Late Prehistoric) h u n t e r - g a t h e r e r s who h a d s e l d o m b e e n investigated previously. Janetski and Madsen's c o m m o n ecological interests led to the publication of Wetland Adaptations in the Great Basin, which focuses almost exclusively on hunter-gatherer strategies. 83 T h e interest in hunters a n d gatherers and middle range studies c o n t i n u e s in Utah to the benefit to o u r u n d e r s t a n d i n g of the past. R e s e a r c h o n Late Prehistoric h u n t e r - g a t h e r e r s , for e x a m p l e , has enabled archaeologists to describe, if n o t explain, the transition from farming to h u n t i n g a n d gathering at about A.D. 1300.84 CULTURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT OR CONTRACT ARCHAEOLOGY

During the 1960s a n d 1970s Congress passed legislation requiring that archaeological sites on public land be protected from destruction by c o n s t r u c t i o n projects u s i n g federal funds. T h e s e laws a n d regulations (for example, the National Environmental Policy Act and Executive Order 11593) have been particularly important in states like Utah that contain large amounts of federal land managed by agencies such as the Bureau of Land M a n a g e m e n t (BLM) a n d United States Forest Service (USFS). Archaeologists working for the BLM, USFS, B u r e a u of Reclamation, a n d the National Park Service, a n d others now manage cultural resources (historic and prehistoric sites) on their lands in Utah. State agencies ( D e p a r t m e n t of Transportation, State Lands and Forestry, State History) also have archaeologists on staff to protect archaeological sites. These legislative changes ushered in the e r a of Cultural Resource M a n a g e m e n t (CRM) archaeology, an era 81 Steven R. Simms, Behavioral Ecology and Hunter-Gatherer Foraging: An Example from the Great Basin, BAR International Series 381 (Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, 1987); a n d Steven R. Simms, "Fremont Transitions," Utah Archaeology 1990 3 (1990): 1-18. 82 David B. Madsen a n d J a m e s E. Kirkman, " H u n t i n g H o p p e r s , " American Antiquity 53(1988): 5 9 3 - 6 0 4 ; David B. Madsen, "Testing Diet Breadth Models: Examining Adaptive C h a n g e in the Late Prehistoric Great Basin," fournal of Archaeological Science 20(1993): 321-30. 83 Joel C. Janetski a n d David B. Madsen, eds., Wetland Adaptations in the Great Basin, Museum of Peoples and Cultures Occasional Papers No. 1 (Provo: Brigham Young University, 1990). 84 David B. Madsen a n d David R h o d e , eds., Across the West: Human Population Movement and the Expansion of the Numa (Salt Lake City: University of U t a h Press, 1994).


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whose consequences a n d contributions are still being evaluated. 85 T h e result has been the emergence of a very different archaeological envir o n m e n t . Prior to the 1970s archaeology was pretty m u c h the exclusive domain of the universities. Over the last two decades, however, the n u m b e r of archaeologists working for federal agencies and for private c o n t r a c t i n g firms a n d t h e a m o u n t of a r c h a e o l o g i c a l i n f o r m a t i o n being generated have increased many-fold. Although many CRM projects are small, some are very large and require institutional support. Consequently, several universities now s u p p o r t archaeological contracting offices with staffs dedicated to CRM projects. Excavations in advance of large developments (dam construction, highway projects, b u i l d i n g c o n s t r u c t i o n , oil a n d coal exploration) have often resulted in the recovery of important archaeological data a n d , in some cases, t h e d e v e l o p m e n t of p u b l i c - o r i e n t e d facilities. Examples include the Coombs Village (part of the Glen Canyon project) a n d Clear Creek Canyon excavations, both of which led to the construction of popular heritage parks. Despite some recent slowing in contract work, by far the majority of the archaeological work being d o n e in the state is CRM-related. NATIVE AMERICAN GRAVE PROTECTION AND REPATRIATION A C T

In 1990 Congress passed legislation that gave Native Americans m u c h more control over their past including the disposition of Native American remains a n d associated objects. Utah passed a companion bill for state lands in 1992 as p a r t of the Antiquities Protection Act. T h e increasing involvement of Native Americans in preservation a n d archaeology has resulted in changes in the way archaeology is done in U t a h a n d t h r o u g h o u t t h e c o u n t r y . Recovery a n d study of Native American h u m a n remains, for example, can only be d o n e with the approval and cooperation of appropriate tribal groups. An example of such a cooperative project is the recovery and subsequent reinterm e n t of the many burials exposed along the shores of the Great Salt Lake during the flooding in the mid-1980s. Excavation and analysis of those remains was d o n e in collaboration with the Northwest Band of the Shoshone Nation. 86 T h e Fish Lake Project, a BYU archaeological 85 Don D. Fowler, "Conserving American Archaeological Resources," in American Archaeology Past and Future, David J. Meltzer and Don D. Fowler, eds. (Washington D . C : Smithsonian Institution Press, 1986), pp. 135-62. 86 Steven R. Simms, Carol J. Loveland, a n d Mark E. Stuart, "Prehistoric H u m a n Skeletal Remains and the Prehistory of the Great Salt Lake Wetlands," 1991, MS on file, Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology, Utah State University, Logan.

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field school on Forest Service lands, included several Native American participants representing the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah and may offer a model of how pure research projects will be structured in the future. 87 PUBLIC AND AVOCATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGY

Archaeology in the United States has always been supported by active non-professionals or a m a t e u r s , a n d Utah is n o exception. Numerous amateurs have had a long-standing interest in the prehistory of the state. Unfortunately, that interest has often taken the form of uncontrolled collecting, but many moved beyond that preoccupation to contribute to archaeology in positive ways. Prior to the formal organization of the Utah Statewide Archaeological Society (USAS), several amateurs made significant contributions to Utah archaeology. T h e activities of Don Maguire of O g d e n have already b e e n mentioned. In Utah Valley the father and son team, Robert and James Bee, made systematic and well-documented collections during the 1930s. T h e i r detailed notes a n d collections have b e e n d o n a t e d to the Museum of Peoples and Cultures at BYU. Also active in Utah Valley during the first half of this century was J o h n Hutchings whose collections a n d notes now reside at t h e Hutchings Museum in Lehi. Amateur Leo Thorne worked with Albert Reagan in the Uinta Basin, made collections from local sites a n d took many photographs of the wonderful Uinta Basin rock art. T h o m e ' s collections are stored in the Western Park Museum in Vernal. Eldon "Doc" Dorman of Price has been a fixture in Utah archaeology for half a century, lending his assistance to the Prehistoric Museum in Price and to professional archaeologists. The Utah Statewide Archaeological Society (USAS) was founded in 1962 with support from Jennings. From the beginning USAS conceived of itself as a statewide organization with chapters in various communities, a structure that remains to the present. In the mid-1980s USAS was revitalized (after sagging interest during the 1970s) through the joint efforts of state archaeologist David Madsen and USAS member George Tripp, both of whom felt that amateur and public support for archaeology was critical to controlling site vandalism and assisting in research. As new chapters were formed, professionals from univer87 See Jeff McClellan, "Crossroads of Cultures," Brigham Young Magazine 50:42-49, for a popular overview of the Fish Lake Project, a n d Brian Fagan, Ancient North America (New York: Thames and Hudson, 1996), pp. 62-63, for a positive take on the future of Native Americans and archaeology.


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sides or state or federal agencies stepped forward to act as chapter advisors. In 1988 Utah Archaeology, formerly the USAS newsletter, was reconceptualized as an annual state j o u r n a l supported by the Utah Professional Archaeological Society, USAS, and the Division of State History. As a c o n s e q u e n c e , USAS m e m b e r s h i p b o o m e d . In 1990 e n r o l l m e n t was over 400 in ten chapters scattered t h r o u g h o u t the state. Public participation in research projects has become the rule as amateurs play an ever-increasing role learning about Utah's past. Agency archaeology has also come to emphasize public participation and public access to archaeology. The BLM has emphasized educational programs and has produced a formal curriculum for elem e n t a r y a n d secondary schools. 8 8 T h e Passport in Time p r o g r a m sponsored by the Forest Service and the BLM's Adventures in the Past are b o t h national programs i n t e n d e d to educate the public about archaeology a n d site p r e s e r v a t i o n t h r o u g h participation in field research. All federal and state agencies as well as many private organizations sponsor Utah H e r i t a g e Week devoted to providing public access to archaeology and educating about archaeology and paleontology. CONCLUSIONS

Utah archaeology in the 1990s is a dynamic and highly diverse field, dramatically different from the early part of this century when professional work began. At that time practitioners were few in number and the literature on the prehistory of the state would barely fill a shelf. Today archaeologists are employed by every major land managing agency and university in the state, and publications on Utah archaeology would fill rooms. T h e chronological framework of the state was established by the 1950s, and patterns of subsistence and settlement have been described for much of the area. Archaeologists are now building on this f o u n d a t i o n to explore issues of economics, group interaction, regional diversity, and explanations for the ebb and flow of cultural change over the past 10,000 years of h u m a n presence. T h e past remains elusive, b u t U t a h is fortunate as it continues to attract some of the best minds in the field to tell the story of Utah's complex and intrinsically fascinating history and prehistory. Archaeology's greatest challenge at the end of the twentieth cen88 Shelly Smith, J e a n n e Moe, Kelly Letts, and Danielle Paterson, Intrigue of the Past: Investigating Archaeology; A Teacher's Activity Guide for Fourth Through Seventh Grades, Utah Interagency Task Force on Cultural Resources (Salt Lake City: Bureau of Land Management, 1992).

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tury has n o t changed since the 1930s when Elmer Smith drew attention to the incessant looting of archaeological sites a r o u n d the state. According to Smith: "The p r e s e n t writer failed to visit o n e locality where the archaeological material h a d not been disturbed in one way or another." This was written in 1937!89 Smith went on to r e c o m m e n d that "an educational program should be undertaken to acquaint the public with rules and regulations governing archaeological resources of the state." Smith's recommendations were not pursued at the time.90 Vandalism has, in fact, escalated over the past fifty years despite the efforts of many preservation-minded citizens and the passage of legislation designed to protect antiquities. More effective forms of protection are n e e d e d to care for o u r precious a n d irreplaceable cultural resources. Without it, the remaining unwritten history of the native peoples and early settlers of Utah will certainly be lost. The new era of Native American involvement could bring a new and different energy to the preservation of the past. 89

E. Smith, "Archaeological Resources." Only recently, through the combined efforts of state and federal agencies have such programs been instituted. See especially S. Smith, et al., Intrigue of the Past. 90

"The Yellow Ochre Club": B. F. Larsen and the Pioneer Trail Art Tour, 1936 BY NOEL A. CARMACK

Pioneer Trail Art Tour bus and artists by Church Butte on the Mormon Trail, 1936. Courtesy of the LDS Historical Department Archives, Salt Lake City.

Latter-day Saints have p e r p e t u a t e d an undying enthusiasm for pioneer nostalgia. This fervor has resulted in the memorialization of the pioneer experience through song, verse, pageantry, and visual art. T h e trek west in 1847 has evoked in many Latter-day Saints a d e e p sense of affection for their devoted forebears. I n n u m e r a b l e examples of artistic expressions in h o n o r of the exodus have served to underscore this sense of piety toward the M o r m o n pioneers. 1 Such a deep affinity with the early Saints has never been m o r e fully expressed than during the dreary years of the Great Depression. At a time when many Americans were unemployed and facing financial crises, many Latter-day Saints were closely associating the trials of the depression with the adversity of their predecessors. Helping to establish this connection, Mormonism, after a century of growth and refinement, was working to preserve its past. With the help of preservation groups and independent agents, the LDS church had begun to acquire historic sites and landmarks. As a result, a n u m b e r of sites were restored and identified with markers. 2 T R U E TO THEIR HERITAGE,

Mr. Carmack is preservation librarian at Merrill Library, Utah State University, Logan. He is currently completing an MFA at USU. He is a great grandson of Effie M. Carmack, an art tour participant. 1 Robert R. King, "The Enduring Significance of the Mormon Trek," Dialogue: A fournal of Mormon Thought 13 (Summer 1980): 102-7; Stanley B. Kimball, "The Power of Place and the Spirit of Locale: Finding God on Western Trails," fournal of Mormon History 16 (1990): 3-9. 2 Paul L. Anderson, "Heroic Nostalgia: Enshrining the M o r m o n Past," Sunstone 5 (July-August 1980): 47-55; Davis Bitton, "The Ritualization of Mormon History," Utah Historical Quarterly 43 (1975):

O n February 6, 1936, several officials at Brigham Young University discussed the possibility of sending an art excursion over the pioneer trail. This meeting with BYU President Franklin S. Harris followed several informal conversations between Harrison R. Merrill, director of the Extension Division, and B. F. Larsen, professor of art. The tour, as initially proposed by Merrill and Asael C. Lambert, acting dean of the Summer School and Extension Division, called for a survey of the trail, a visit to art centers in Chicago, and a leisurely return 67-85; Stanley B. Kimball, Historic Sites and Markers along the Mormon and Other Great Western Trails (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1988); U.S., Department of the Interior, Historic Resource Study: Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trailby Stanley B. Kimball (Denver: National Park Service, 1991). For a few examples of trail memorialization see Charles L. Ray, "Historic Pioneer Grounds," Improvement Era 24 (July 1921): 32-34; "On the Pioneer Trail of 1847: Photographs of Important landmarks by Mr. George Ed. Anderson, Springville, Utah, taken on a trip over the trail with Church Historian Andrew J e n s o n , July, 1926," Improvement Era 30 (July 1927): 763-68; J o h n D. Giles, "Mormon Caravan to I n d e p e n d e n c e Rock," Improvement Era 33 (September 1930): 734-41, 760-62; J o h n D. Giles, " From the Green Mountains to the Rockies," Improvement Era 33 (November 1929): 26-31, idem, 33 (December 1929): 131-34, idem, 33 (April 1930): 385-87, idem, 33 (July 1930): 615-18, idem, 34 (November 1930): 25-27; J o h n D. Giles, "The M.I.A. Preserves History," Improvement Era %% (February 1935): 82-87; "Nauvoo 'Opera House' Acquired by Wilford C. Wood," Improvement Era 40 (June 1937): 356; Bryant S. Hinkley, "The Nauvoo Memorial," Improvement Era 41 (August 1938): 458-61.


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home. The trip would be billed as the most extensive visual documentation of the pioneer trail ever undertaken. With Harris's approval, Larsen was invited to head the trip. 3 By 1936 Professor Bent Franklin Larsen was known not only as the progressive force b e h i n d the BYU Art D e p a r t m e n t b u t also as a n inspirational teacher and artist. He h a d first j o i n e d the Art D e p a r t m e n t faculty in July 1908 while working part-time toward a d e g r e e . After receiving an A.B. degree from BYU in 1912 and an M.A. d e g r e e from the University of Bent F. Larsen. U t a h Educational Review, January 1929. U t a h in 1922, h e p u r s u e d a d v a n c e d studies at the University of Chicago a n d the Art Institute of Chicago. H e also took two sabbaticals to Europe to refine his art skills—one during 1923—24 and the other during 1929-30. His time in Europe included intensive study in Paris at the Academie Julian, Academie Colarossi, Academie La Grande Chaumiere, and Academie A n d r e L' Hote. Having attained a high level of experience himself, Larsen sought to instill proficiency, skill, and a greater spirit of creativity in his students. After his European studies he resumed teaching at BYU and became h e a d of the Art Department in 1936. 4 Larsen taught that artistic endeavors often reflect the conditions of society—whether characterized by primitivism, sophistication, prosperity, or privation. "In America," he wrote, "a new renaissance seems to be taking form rapidly. It is characterized by a new spirit of nationalism." Despite its undesirable attributes, this new movement was, according to Larsen, n o t without its positive manifestations. He believed that among these was the tendency to use American subjects as motifs, the increased use of western subjects, and the revival of interest in American primitives. He wrote: 3 Franklin S. Harris to B. F. Larsen, February 6, 1936, B. F. Larsen Papers, University Archives Department, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah (hereafter cited as BFL). See also "B.Y.U. Plans Art Caravan Over Mormon Trail in June," Deseret News, May 21, 1936. All quotations appear as they were written in the manuscripts with spelling, punctuation, and grammar retained. Editorial insertions appear in brackets. 4 Max Edwin Bunnell, "A Study of Bent Franklin Larsen as Artist and Educator" (M.A. thesis, Brigham Young University, 1962).

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The depression has undoubtedly helped to give direction to this national trend. In times of prosperity we experiment with technique. In times of depression we are prone to revert to realism. Abstract forms of expression become inadequate. We are shifting from our interest in pure design. We are confronted with problems of hunger, suffering, evictions, mental stupor, spiritual backsliding. When the painter tries to express these ideas, he finds abstract forms unsatisfactory.5

He later noted: "Highly conventional and abstract design may express great aesthetic achievements, but it cannot compare with good pictures, in calling to mind great h u m a n thoughts, struggles, and achievements." 6 In keeping with this ideal, Larsen desired to emulate the work of earlier Mormon artists who had captured the spirit of the trek through visual media. Among others, non-Mormon artist and photographer William H. Jackson had put to canvas what he had experienced and what he had seen through the lens of his camera. Mormon artists such as Frederick Piercy and C. C. A. Christensen and p h o t o g r a p h e r George Edward Anderson are but a few of the visual artists who had depicted the sense of time and place along the pioneer trail.7 At the prospect of sending an excursion to record trail landmarks, Larsen was reported to have said, "I am glad to undertake this trip. . . . Ever since seeing the sketches and paintings of the pioneer artists I have wished that I might spend some time visiting historic spots and sketching over the route the heroic Mormon pioneers traversed in coming to Utah." 8 He, like others before him, envisioned the prospective grandeur of documenting the westward trek of the faithful Latter-day Saints. On Monday morning, J u n e 15, 1936, the students arrived at BYU carrying their luggage and art supplies. Besides Professor Larsen and his wife, Geneva, the group included some fifteen artists from Utah 5 6

B. F. Larsen, "Recent T r e n d s in Art," Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters 12 (1935): 8 9 - 9 1 . B. F. Larsen, "In t h e I n t e r e s t of B e t t e r A r t in O u r C h u r c h e s , " Improvement Era 42 (July 1939):

410-11. 7

See, for e x a m p l e , J a m e s Linforth, Route from Liverpool to Great Salt Lake Valley (Liverpool: Franklin D. Richards, 1855). Peter O. H a n s e n also m a d e a n u m b e r of sketches along the trail d u r i n g t h e 1846-47 e x o d u s (see Stanley B. Kimball, Heber C. Kimball: Mormon Patriarch and Pioneer [ U r b a n a : University of Illinois Press, 1981], illustrations following Part II). For o t h e r sources o n M o r m o n Trail artists, see Wilford Hill L e C h e m i n a n t , "'Entitled to b e Called an Artist': L a n d s c a p e a n d Portrait Painter Frederick Piercy," Utah Historical Quarterly 48 (Winter 1980): 4 9 - 6 5 ; Rell G. Francis, The Utah Photographs of George Edward Anderson (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1979); Nelson B. Wadsworth, "A Village P h o t o g r a p h e r ' s Dream," Ensign 3 (September 1973): 4 0 - 5 5 ; Richard L . J e n s e n a n d Richard G. O m a n , C. C. A. Christensen, 1831-1912: Mormon Immigrant Artist (Salt Lake City: T h e C h u r c h of J e s u s Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1984); Carl Carmer, "A P a n o r a m a of M o r m o n Life," Art in America 58 (May-June 1970): 5 2 - 6 5 . See also R i c h a r d Neitzel H o l z a p f e l , Their Faces Toward Zion: Voices and Images of the Trek West (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1996). 8 H. R. Merrill, "While Yet the O l d Trail Lasts: Artists Plan Trip to Preserve Historic Scenes," Deseret Nezus [ C h u r c h S e c t i o n ] , F e b r u a r y 22, 1936.


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Art Tour group at the Carthage Jail, Illinois, 1936. Left to right: three unidentified men— possibly Mormon missionaries, Effie M. Carmack, Ralph Huntsman, unidentified woman, Geneva Larsen, unidentified woman, B. F. Larsen, Alton Peterson, Myrtle Peterson, Thera Lou Olsen, Euray Anderson, Lorin Covington, Mary Jensen, Wilford Biggs, Ethel Strauser, Georgiana Johnson, Viola Hale Curtis, and Merla Robinson. Not shown: photographer George Strebel and Anna R. Williams. Courtesy of the LDS Historical Department Archives.

and surrounding states: Wilford Biggs, Phoenix; Euray Anderson a n d Viola Hale Curtis, Salt Lake City; Merla Robinson, Coalville; Ralph Huntsman, Bunkerville, Nevada; Lorin Covington, Hurricane; Effie M. Carmack, Winslow, Arizona; Ethel Strauser, Springville; Thera Lou Olsen, Manti; Anna R. Williams, Ogden; Mary Jensen, Brigham City; Georgiana J o h n s o n , Provo; Alton and Myrtle Peterson, Jensen; a n d George Strebel, Vernal. 9 As the bus was being loaded a n d p r e p a r e d for the trip, the students said their last goodbyes to friends and family. After a few parting snapshots and interviews for the press, the participants boarded the bus, and it finally rolled o u t of Provo about 1:30 P.M. Four miles down the road, however, the bus sputtered to a halt. It appeared that "B.Y.U. Artists to Visit Nauvoo as Part of Trip," Deseret News, J u n e 16, 1936.

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in all the clamor to leave, n o o n e had thought to fill the tank with gas. Graciously, George Strebel, their patient driver a n d fellow student, hiked to the nearest service station to fill a gas can. The bus was back on the road by mid-afternoon. Geneva Larsen kept the daily travel log. H e r diary, written with a pencil in a r u l e d n o t e b o o k , provides an i n t i m a t e a c c o u n t of t h e group's activity and observations along the trail. T h o u g h she did not employ the m o n u m e n t a l language of a lyric novelist, h e r diary is yet anticipatory of written observations like those in Thomas Wolfe's burgeoning image of America, A Western Journal, written only two summers later.10 Her entries, often visibly joggled from the movement of the bus, stand as enlightening captions to the group's art work. Passing t h r o u g h E m i g r a t i o n Canyon a n d n o r t h e a s t t h r o u g h Coalville, the bus made its way toward Fort Bridger, the projected first stop. All along the way Professor Larsen pointed out the old pioneer campsites a n d r e c o u n t e d the story of the i m m i g r a n t s ' h a r d s h i p s . Beyond Coalville t h e towering r o c k walls of E c h o Canyon greatly impressed the artists. By dusk they could see the Uinta Range to the south; but before reaching Fort Bridger, the group b e d d e d down in an unfinished campground. After an uncomfortable night on the open plain, the artists were eager to resume traveling. "We stopped at Fort Bridger for breakfast," Geneva wrote, "and also kept the post office busy. Most of the group wrote h o m e . . . . We stopped about two hours to see the ruins of the old fort."11 Although unrestored, the fort still bore the recognizable features of the old lodges and stables. The students made a few pencil drawings and watercolor sketches but were soon ready to continue, anxious to keep moving toward Nauvoo. Crossing Black's Fork River, the bus h e a d e d n o r t h e a s t toward Granger and the Green River region. To keep their minds occupied, the artists amused themselves with a friendly game or competition. Geneva noted: The group decided some identification was needed so a contest was held, a terse expression was desired. Mrs. Carmack won the five cent prize with "Pioneer Trail Art Tour." Paint kits were rifled . . . and soon it shone in blue paint from either side of the bus. 10 T h o m a s Wolfe, A Western fournal: A Daily Log of the Great Parks Trip, fune 20-fuly 2, 1938 (Philadelphia: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1951). See also V. L. O. Chittick, "Tom Wolfe's Farthest West," Southwest Review AS (Spring 1963): 93-110; Richard H. Cracroft, "Through Utah and the Western Parks: Thomas Wolfe's Farewell to America," Utah Historical Quarterly 37 (1969): 290-306; Brian F. Berger, Thomas Wolfe: The Final fourney (West Linn, Oregon: Willamette River Press, 1984). 11 Geneva Larsen, "B.Y.U. Summer School Art Tour" Diary, holograph [June 16, 1936], BFL.


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Like Geneva's travel diary, Effie C a r m a c k ' s narrative p o e m tells t h e story of t h e t o u r with a d d e d c h a r m . Besides offering n a r r a t i o n , t h e p o e m often expresses c a n d i d observations like t h e jovial character of Wilford Biggs, t h e silent devotion of G e o r g i a n a J o h n s o n , or t h e traces of h u m a n toil in the landscape. H e r impression of the Wyoming grasslands reveals h e r t h o u g h t f u l a p p r o a c h : We are now in the great sheep country, And some of our company say From a little town called Wamsutter Great loads of wool go away. The sheep owners shears have been busy, And that with the dampness and cold Has proven too much for the old and the weak, And they've gone to the good shepherds fold. We came to a hill so long and so steep That our old bus groaned and steamed; We halted and sketched while it cooled off a bit And the sun on our sketch pads beamed. Near the place called Lyman we passed the graves of three of the pioneers. We read their names and pitied the ones Left to take the long trail in tears. The next is the place that is called Church Butte13 Where the emigrants stopped to pray Auid give thanks to their maker for guiding their feet To water along the way— Water—that lifegiving, soulcheering sight, 12 Ibid. Mrs. C a r m a c k later recalled, " . . . w h e n we were sailing along a n d everyone was writing industriously, Professor Larsen h a d t h e driver stop t h e bus, a n d told us that we were n o t going o n this trip to write diaries, b u t to sketch a n d paint a l o n g the way, a n d to b e ready to p u t finishing touches o n o u r sketches in the evening. H e said that h e w o u l d have a r e a d i n g of all t h e diaries so far, a n d t h e n h e would choose t h e best o n e a n d have that o n e k e e p t h e diary t h e rest of the trip, a n d t h e others should s p e n d their time o n art. I h a d written my diary in rhyme, a n d t h e committee voted for m e to b e t h e o n e to keep the record of the trip. They suggested that t h e others give m e copies of their snapshots of t h e trip, a n d in r e t u r n I would give each of t h e m a copy of t h e diary." Effie M. Carmack, Down Memory Lane: The Autobiography of Effie Marquess Carmack (Atascadero, Calif: Atascadero News Press, 1973), p . 162. A new edition of Effie Carmack's autobiography, edited by Karen Lynn Davidson, is forthcoming. 13 A p h o t o g r a p h of t h e g r o u p at C h u r c h B u t t e is s h o w n u n d e r t h e title "Art Caravan Follows M o r m o n Trail," Deseret News, July 4, 1936.

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No wonder their hearts were raised After long dry reaches of prairie waste In prayers of thanksgiving and praise. T h e Green River n e x t appeared to our view, That stream of historic fame; It has b e e n the subject in story and art Of many a n o t e d n a m e . O u r driver shaved while we sketched the b e n d With its cliff that frowned above, An island with willows, big trees on the bank, A place any artist would love.14

Instead of continuing n o r t h to South Pass, the g r o u p took U.S. Highway 30 toward Cheyenne. Before arriving at the Wyoming capital, however, the group stopped at Summit, a Forest Service observation tower southeast of Laramie. At this vantage point the artists felt compelled to break out their sketchpads. T h e scenic vista was like n o other they h a d yet experienced. As Geneva described it, This is a real beauty spot o n e of the finest. I stood on the observation tower a n d could see h u n d r e d s of miles. This is like a r o u n d e d nole in the middle of a plain with mountains, probably 300 miles away in every direction. T h e Rockies to the west are snow capped. T h e view can only be c o m p a r e d with that of M o u n t Bauldy or Old Mt. Timp. T h e ranger says the trees are lodge pole pine b u t they are so norald a n d twisted with a different character in each. T h e artists are all thrilled and m a d e a lot of sketches Even Mrs. Curtis felt so good she got o n e and Thera Lou produced a masterpiece. 15

But t h e pressing itinerary r e q u i r e d t h e m to leave before finishing their work. Understandably, the g r o u p was slow-footed when returning to the bus. Effie r e m e m b e r e d amusingly, We hated to leave it, o u r sketches half d o n e , But Cheyenne must be reached by dusk, We m a d e it a rule to n o t drive after dark, So leave the old hilltop we must. We piled in the bus a n d were moving away W h e n we h e a r d Mrs. Curtis b e m o a n i n g "Miss Georgiana J o h n s o n ' s still painting away" She almost got left in Wyoming. W h e n nearing Cheyenne on the left of the road Some q u e e r looking cattle we spied, With h u m p s on their shoulders a n d odd looking heads, That all close inspection defied. 16 14 Effie M. Carmack, "Story of T h e Pioneer Trails Art Tour," typescript [June 17-July 22, 1936], p p . 2 - 3 , BFL; photocopy in my possession. 15 Larsen, "Art Tour" Diary, J u n e 17, 1936. 16 Carmack, "Story of T h e Pioneer Trails Art Tour," p. 4.


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After a night's stay outside Cheyenne, the trekkers crossed the Wyoming-Nebraska line. But before leaving the Platte River trail crossing at Maxwell (east of the town of N o r t h Platte), the bus gave out. Making the best of their misfortune, the artists investigated the local environs, paint boxes in-hand. Geneva noted: "While we waited for o u r buss to be r e p a i r e d at Maxwell we walked a mile S o u t h to t h e n o r t h Platt a n d p a i n t e d ; T h a t evening we stayed at a hotel[;] n e x t m o r n i n g o u r buss . . . h a d a n o t h e r t r o u b l e before we got the first cured. Biggs promised a painting to the garage m a n if. . . [he] would show us the interesting things in the vicinity."17 T h e following day, as repairs continued, the artists took a rented truck to Sioux L o o k o u t n e a r Fort McPherson. They climbed to the summit where Indian scouts h a d once spied passing wagon trains. By mid-afternoon t h e bus was ready to move. T h e g r o u p r e a c h e d the town of Kearney before sunset b u t decided to stop for the night at a nearby campground. In O m a h a the next m o r n i n g the artists found e n o u g h diversions to occupy most of the day. T h e y visited the Winter Quarters m o n u m e n t u n d e r construction, t h e p i o n e e r graveyard, a n d the art shops a n d m u s e u m . Some miles east of p r e s e n t Council Bluffs, Iowa, the g r o u p m a d e a n o t h e r lengthy stop at the M o u n t Pisgah m o n u m e n t marking an important M o r m o n Trail way-station. T h e artists painted views of the m o n u m e n t overlooking the river valley. W h e n they arrived at M o n t r o s e , Iowa, across t h e river from Nauvoo, Illinois, the artists took the ferryboat City of Nauvoo across the Mississippi. After crossing the backwater created by the Keokuk Dam downstream, the g r o u p disembarked at the Nauvoo House landing. Effie again recorded h e r impressions in verse: We've had o u r first glimpse of the river With Nauvoo, the lovely, in sight, But Catholic c h u r c h spires point to the sky where once o u r loved temple gleamed white. T h e dam they have built on the river Has m a d e it look more like a lake; A horseshoe b e n d circles the city It winds on its way like a snake. 18

Although m u c h of the township h a d deteriorated, a few of the principal residences a n d landmarks still stood. In h e r diary, Geneva Larsen described the rustic a p p e a r a n c e of the e n d u r i n g structures: 17 18

Larsen, "Art Tour" Diary, J u n e 20, 1936. Carmack, "Story of T h e Pioneer Trails Art Tour," pp. 6-7.




Painting along the Mississippi nearJoseph Smith's homestead. Courtesy of the IDS Historical Department Archives. The Joseph Smith Homestead, oil painting by Effie M. Carmack. Courtesy of John K. Carmack.

"The greater part of the old homes have disappeared. The [majority of the] ones still standing are built of a scarlet brick which age has softened." 19 After unloading their baggage at the Nauvoo House, the group was invited to attend a meeting of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by a Mr. Page, the hotel caretaker. There, the artists enjoyed his inspiring discourse on the rise of Nauvoo and the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. As a host, Mr. Page was 19

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unequaled. U n d e r his kind hospitality, the artists stayed two weeks at the Nauvoo House. H e introduced them to local citizens and directed them to historical highlights in the area. They slept, cooked, and ate at the Nauvoo House, using many of the same furnishings and utensils that h a d been in use d u r i n g E m m a Smith's lifetime. After settling in, the artists began working in earnest: Each m o r n i n g we sallied forth lugging O u r easels, stools, canvas and paint, We usually worked until evening, And straggled in hungry and faint. We found many beautiful buildings— They built for e n d u r a n c e those days, Their heavy wood doors staunch and rigid They show that good work really pays. There are many old buildings still standing, Some almost a h u n d r e d years old T h a t are still firm and solid as ever, With memories more precious than gold. Not only for strength, b u t for beauty They built in that short Golden Age, Carving woodwork and stone into symbols That stand o u t on history's page. 20

In a town of about one thousand inhabitants, the caravan aroused n o small interest. Not long after they arrived on Sunday, the press corr e s p o n d e n t s were s e n t o u t to cover t h e story. T h e F o r t Madison Evening Democrat sent a r e p o r t e r a n d p h o t o g r a p h e r to take pictures a n d get interviews. But even before Nauvoo's weekly p a p e r went to press on Thursday, nearly all the locals had already h e a r d about the art caravan from Utah. 21 Nauvoo became the fulcrum of the tour. Most of the artists had some familial connection with the M o r m o n settlement and were n o t about to pass the time without gathering histories as well as visually documenting the sites. While George Strebel took photographs, many of t h e s t u d e n t s collected relics a n d interviewed old-timers w h o r e m e m b e r e d E m m a Smith, h e r children, and other early Nauvooans. Among the historic sites the visitors painted and p h o t o g r a p h e d were the Nauvoo House, the site of the Nauvoo Temple, the scene of the organization of t h e w o m e n ' s Relief Society, a n d the J o s e p h Smith Mansion House. A visit to t h e Carthage Jail gave the artists one of the 20

Carmack, "Story of T h e Pioneer Trails Art Tour," p. 7. Larsen, "Art Tour" Diary, J u n e 27, 1936. See "Utah Artists are Visiting Nauvoo Scenes," (Fort Madison) Evening Democrat, J u n e 25, 1936; "Party of Artists Visiting Nauvoo," Nauvoo Independent, J u n e 25, 1936; "Art Students from Utah at Nauvoo House," (Burlington) Daily Hawk-Eye Gazette, J u n e 25, 1936. 21

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m o r e solemn experiences of t h e i r stay. They were also invited into many RLDS, Catholic, a n d Protestant homes where they were treated warmly. Effie Carmack expressed the urgency the group felt to record places and events: There were so many old folks to visit, And so many things to do, That although we worked every minute, O u r two weeks fairly flew. T h e r e were deeds, wills and maps to copy, And bits of old history rare, And photos and sketches and paintings To be caught the short time we were there. 22

Although the artists took time to enjoy the curiosities of local history, they h a d m u c h to a c c o m p l i s h . Evidently, t h e artists were so engaged by the local subjects, as well as by Larsen's valued instruction, that they decided to forfeit the proposed trip to Chicago to allow for more time in Nauvoo. Geneva commented, "The artists are all painting pictures. Most of them work on two each day. I bieleve this is the best g r o u p of s t u d e n t s B. F. L a r s e n has ever h a d t h e privelege to instruct. . . . They certainly are a delightfull group to be with."23 Effie later recalled the energetic stimulation of working together and having group critiques: We all painted every day. T h e n , in the evening, we exhibited our pictures and professor Larsen criticized them. I had never used very brilliant colors in my paintings, and they all teased me, and would say, "Here comes Carmack a n d h e r pictures that look like an Arizona dust storm h a d struck them." But I didn't care, I liked to reproduce the natural colors as I see them, and I liked the results. 24

Because of their interpretive field work, the students' paintings captured a sense of time and place. Most of the oil paintings had a natural, s p o n t a n e o u s quality as d i d the loosely r e n d e r e d watercolor sketches. Mary Jensen and Ethel Strauser were considered by their fellow s t u d e n t s to be t h e most p r o f i c i e n t in sketching with line a n d watercolor. Thera Lou Olsen n o t only showed marked skill in draftsmanship but also in the application of oil colors. A crucial ingredient to the success of the tour was the increasing unity that made the day-to-day activities r u n smoothly. In the evenings the students took on household chores: 22

Carmack, "Story of The Pioneer Trails Art Tour," p. 8. Larsen, "Art Tour" Diary, J u n e 25, 1936. 24 Carmack, Down Memory Lane, p. 163. 23

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Ruins at Nauvoo, watercolor sketch by Mary Jensen, 1936. Courtesy of the Museum of Art, Brigham Young University. All f rights reserved. We worked every day until sunset, T h e n cooked a n d ate supper by night, T h e n slept soundly six or eight hours, And u p a n d away at daylight. T h e w o m e n took turns at the cooking, T h e m e n b r o u g h t the water and wood And h e l p e d with the dishes at evening, Each o n e doing all that he could. 25

The daily routine of carrying out domestic chores together exemplified the harmonious spirit of the group. Each artist seemed to understand the importance of preserving the group's unity. Sadly, the artists prepared to leave onjuly 4 to make room for incoming summer students. Several townspeople came to bid them farewell as they loaded their belongings on the bus. By the time they left, the mid-day heat was almost unbearable. The sun had made the bus a virtual oven.26 At Bloomfield they stopped for cold soda pop during the Fourth of July festivities. They must have been somewhat relieved farther along the road to see the green vegetation at Garden Grove, another Mormon Trail station east of Council Bluffs. They took this opportunity to find relief in the shade and see a few more important sites. Their brief sightseeing jaunt was made all the more pleasant when a Carmack, "Story of T h e Pioneer Trails Art Tour," p. 8. See "Art Caravan Turns H o m e , " (Provo) Sunday Herald, July 5, 1936.

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w o m a n offered to p o i n t o u t t h e old places in town, including the meetinghouse and early historic homes. She also took them to the old p i o n e e r graveyard where they spent m u c h of the time paying their respects to the ill-fated Saints. Lamentably, however, m a n y of t h e gravesites had n o t been maintained, and some markers lay scattered about in nearby pastures. 27 Passing through Council Bluffs and crossing into Nebraska, the g r o u p stopped in what is now called Florence, a suburb of Omaha, and once again visited the old M o r m o n supply settlement of Winter Quarters. Here, they revived their previously aroused interests in the pioneer remnants. "We spent the day at the old M o r m o n Cemetary," Geneva noted, "Painting a H o r y wind m a r k e d tree T h e work being d o n e o n this spot is p r o g r e s s i n g They are to erect t h e Tragedy of Winter Quarters by Avard Fairbanks." 28 At this site many weary Saints e n d u r e d bitter cold during the winter of 1846-47. As a way-station it provided later Mormon emigrants with needed provisions for the rest of the journey. As one might expect, the artists found a n u m b e r of fascinating sites and structures to paint. Effie wrote: We sketched the old mill on the west side of town, 'Twas once a great source of supply In furnishing caches when food could be had For emigrant hordes passing by. We spent one whole day in the graveyard In a gale that was h a r d to endure, We weighted our easels with boulders, But that wasn't always the cure. Loren Covington's picture was perfect When "wallop!" it went in the dirt, That wasn't the only disaster, Mine [gave] me a jolter that hurt. They acted like sails on a sailboat, and pulled like a Percheron team, But the wind and the hilltop were better T h a n the lowlands, mosquitoes and steam. The last day they tried the bank building, It's about the same age as the mill, I was lazy and sketched the clerks faces, The vault and the safe—sitting still. 27

"Artists From Utah Visit Town Sunday," (Garden Grove) Gazette-Express, July 8, 1936. The m o n u m e n t was dedicated on September 20, 1936. See J o h n A. Widtsoe, "'Winter Quarters' Is Immortalized in Stone," Improvement Era 39 (October 1936): 595-97, and "Winter Quarters Dedication Scenes," Improvement Era 39 (December 1936): 776-77. 28


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Once again the local community became enamored of the students' work, and a few business people expressed interest in purchasing paintings of the more prominent structures. Thera Olsen's Bank of Florence Nebraska was purchased on commission by R. H. Hall, the vice-president of the institution. 31 O n j u l y 10, after camping at North Bend, the bus continued heading west. Geneva scribbled a few lines: "We are now near Grand Island, drawing and photographing buffalo, a herd of 8 cows 3 bull and 5 calves in a field beside the road by a pond." 32 That morning storm clouds had begun to roll in, eventually bringing new challenges. Then, that evening, by the time they reached Chapell, some eightyfive miles east of the Wyoming border, the bus had run out of gas and suffered a flat tire. The next landmarks the artists hoped to paint were Chimney Rock and Scotts Bluff, prominent sites along the North Platte River. The students were well o n their way to finishing their pieces at Chimney Rock when a cloudburst cut their diversion short. Farther along, at Scotts Bluff, they were able to create a few finished landscapes. Near the foot of the Bluff stood the homestead of Tony Kempfer where the group decided to set up camp. On Sunday night, July 12, perhaps by the glow of the campfire, the artists decided to name their group in recognition of the friendships they had forged on their journey. As a nostalgic reminder of the color of the summer landscape, "It was resolved that this club should be called 'The Yellow Ochre Club.' The pass word should be (which I hope) motto (I's Have it.) Theme Song (Fair Thee well for I must leave Thee.)" 33 On Wednesday they passed through Guernsey, Wyoming, crossed the Platte Bridge, and turned east to a chalk cliff on the Oregon Trail. Geneva wrote: 29 "It was a good guitar," Effie wrote, "and we were glad to have it. From then on we sang our way along. We had a theme song as we were leaving the towns. We sang, 'Fare thee well, for I must leave you.' It is a miracle what an old guitar can do for a group of pretty good singers. Every evening we had a song fest. Most of the group could sing, and enjoyed it." Carmack, Down Memory Lane, p. 162. 30 Carmack, "Story of The Pioneer Trails Art Tour," p. 10. 31 "Landmark on Pioneer Trail," Salt Lake Tribune, September 6, 1936. 32 Larsen, "Art Tour" Diary. 33 /feLJulyl2, 1936.

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The artists examined deep ruts on the Oregon Trail near Guernsey, Wyoming, 1936. Courtesy of the LDS Historical Department Archives. There old rocks are worn by wagon wheels from four to six feet deep. We sketched and p h o t o g r a p h e d them. These ruts are in Solid rock and are about the only places that the wheel marks are not destroyed. . . . We arrived at a little town 4 miles East of Casper and camped two nights. At Casper we had our photos developed[;] by taking several h u n d r e d they made us a special price of 3$ each. 34

By this time the daily travel and the stress of managing the tour was beginning to affect Professor Larsen's health. During their stop outside Casper, Geneva wrote, "Daddy [B. F. Larsen] is a little ill [,] a sinas Headache. He does m o r e work managing the Tour than teaching. T h e ordering and distributing of several h u n d r e d pictures from about five cameras to a crowd of 17 took at least a day."35 Beyond Casper the g r o u p stopped to visit the notable landmarks of I n d e p e n d e n c e Rock a n d Devil's Gate. Near Devil's Gate they saw the cliffside called Martin's Cove w h e r e Captain Edward Martin's h a n d c a r t company suffered decimating starvation during the winter of 1856 while waiting for supplies from Salt Lake City. T h e g r o u p found these landmarks p e r h a p s the most awe-inspiring of the trip. T h e view across t h e Sweetwater River p r o v i d e d a b r e a t h t a k i n g p a n o r a m a . B. F. Larsen's painting, Devil's Gate, was delightfully vigorous a n d painterly. Ethel Strauser p r o d u c e d a wonderful interpreIbid., July 15, 1936. Ibid. See also "L.D.S. Artists' Caravan Starts Homeward Journey," (Provo) Sunday Herald, July 19, 1936.


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N e a r Martin's Cove, Wyoming, 1936, oil painting by Effie M. Carmack. Courtesy of the Museum of Art, Brigham Young University. All rights reserved.

tation of the Sweetwater River Valley. From the valley of the Sweetwater, a gentle climb took them to the rolling saddle of South Pass on the Continental Divide where water flows west to the Pacific and east to the Atlantic. The pioneers who had gone before them must have felt disheartened at this site as they looked toward the desert lands ahead, for they had not enjoyed the convenience and comfort of a tour bus. Describing the artists' passage into the Wyoming desert, Effie wrote: We came d o w n the slope helter-skelter, T h e miles a n d the minutes flew by, Past C h u r c h Buttes a n d on to Fort Bridger, W h e r e we p l a n n e d to find old Fort Supply. T h e r e were so many things h e r e historic, We hardly knew which we should d o , T h e old M o r m o n well—the first school house, T h e Pony Express stables, too. T h e r e ' s a fine m a n that keeps the m u s e u m , So many old truths h e can tell. H e has m a n y a priceless old relic, A n d unwritten stories as well. We went o u t some twelve miles from Bridger A n d f o u n d ruins of old Fort Supply,

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T h e stumps of the stockade still showing, With rocks of their chimneys nearby. 36

During the last few days of the tour the artists expressed sadness at the thought of the expected completion of their experience. At Fort Bridger, on the last night of the trip, the artists gathered around the campfire to roast marshmallows, sing, and reminisce. Effie conveyed h e r sense of frustration that remaining time was soon to expire: From Fort Bridger straight to the valley, Can it be that our time has all gone, I haven't d o n e all that I meant to, The calendar must be all wrong. I sketched the old millstone and furtrap, A skillet, some blacksmith had made, Got the pony express stables outlined, T h e n I began feeling afraid That my many belongings were scattered, So 'twould take me an h o u r to pack. T h e old bus was getting her load on, So I made a m a d rush for our shack. 'Twas three, a n d we left at three-thirty, And just after dark that night As we r o u n d e d a curve down the canyon The valley lights burst on our sight. Some brighter, this view, than the first one, The lights stretching far into space, A prophet's eye saw this in vision, W h e n he looked and said, "This is the place." 37

After visiting nearly all the important landmarks along the trail, the g r o u p e n t e r e d the valley in time to participate in the P i o n e e r Parade on the m o r n i n g of July 23. An inventory of the artists' work revealed that the tour had b e e n very productive. In a letter to P r e s i d e n t Harris o n j u l y 27, Larsen reported the successful completion of the trip: I had expected that the time taken in traveling would h a m p e r very m u c h our painting and sketching activities, but to my great surprise we did m o r e work t h a n any s u m m e r g r o u p t h a t I have ever supervised. During the six weeks we m a d e sketches as follows: 645 pencil sketches, 666 water color sketches, 287 oil sketches. This makes a total of 1593 sketches, besides a n u m b e r of p e n and ink and pastel pieces. More than 1000 photographs were taken on the trip. I believe this is an all-time record for work.38 36

Carmack, "Story of T h e Pioneer Trails Art Tour," p. 16. Ibid., p. 16. 38 B. F. Larsen to Franklin S. H a r r i s , July 27, 1936, BFL. See "Artist's Caravan R e t u r n s from Successful Art Tour," (Provo) Sunday Herald, July 26, 1936. 37


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Besides several o n e - m a n shows in their respective church meetinghouses, the artists received considerable attention for their work along the trail. T h e u n f o r e s e e n success of the tour p r o m p t e d a full season of exhibitions t h r o u g h o u t t h e state. T h e exhibit originally s c h e d u l e d for the University Gallery at BYU in late S e p t e m b e r was moved to the J a d e R o o m of the Hotel U t a h d u r i n g O c t o b e r 2 - 5 to draw a larger audience d u r i n g the LDS General Conference. T h e BYU exhibit was postponed until Leadership Week also to allow for wider viewing. In m i d - O c t o b e r , P. A. Barkdull, h e a d of t h e L o g a n City schools, r e q u e s t e d t h e works to b e displayed in L o g a n d u r i n g t h e m o n t h of N o v e m b e r . R a l p h H u n t s m a n asked t h a t t h e e x h i b i t b e shown at Dixie College d u r i n g their annual Leadership Week a n d the remainder of the m o n t h of January. As it t u r n e d out, the greater availability of space at BYU permitted a larger body of w o r k to be shown. T h e BYU exhibit r a n from J a n u a r y 25 to J a n u a r y 29, 1937. It included the oil sketches as well as a group of watercolors a n d the photographs taken by George Strebel. A few of t h e m o r e n o t e w o r t h y pieces t h a t were e x h i b i t e d i n c l u d e d Larsen's vista of Platte River at Scott's Bluff Nebraska, First School in the Rockies at Fort Bridger, Joseph Smith's Mansion House, a n d Fhe Orson Hyde Home by Viola Hale. 39 Interest in the t o u r c o n t i n u e d for a short time. Although local curiosity was sustained d u r i n g Leadership Week, p a t r o n enthusiasm diminished thereafter. O n e c o n c e r n e d woman wrote to Larsen suggesting that h e issue "a set of prints m a d e from these paintings a n d m o u n t e d as a booklet. . . ."40 To encourage other students to cultivate a similar vein of c a m a r a d e r i e , the artists p r o p o s e d a c o n t i n u i n g art group or guild. T h e Deseret News reported that "The spirit ofjolly good fellowship a n d co-operation a m o n g the artists resulted in the formation of the Yellow O c h r e Club which the members desire to perpetuate. It may be that it will b e c o m e p e r m a n e n t , a n d students of B.Y.U. who make outstanding achievements in art will be admitted." 41 39 The Western Artist [Denver Artist Guild], July-August, 1936; "At the Galleries," Deseret News, August 8, 1936; "Sketches M a d e o n Old Trail to F o r m Show," Salt Lake Tribune, August 9, 1936; " G r o u p of ' M o r m o n Art Tour' Oil Paintings will be Exhibited," The YNews, September 11, 1936; "B.Y.U. to Exhibit M o r m o n Trail Paintings at Hotel Utah," Deseret News, September 26, 1936; "Pictures Painted Along Old M o r m o n Trail in Exhibit," Salt Lake Tribune, September 27, 1936; Deseret News, October 3, 1936; "Salient Items in ' M o r m o n Trail Show,'" Salt Lake Tribune, October 4, 1936; "Pictures of Old Mormon Trail Attract Attention of Visitors," Salt Lake Tribune, O c t o b e r 5, 1936; "Logan Asks for Tour Pictures," The Y News, October 16, 1936; "Old M o r m o n Trail Exhibit at Logan," Salt Lake Tribune, October 18, 1936. 40 Ida E. Skinner to B. F. Larsen, August 26, 1936, BFL. 11 Carlton Culmsee, "Spiritual Significance of an Art Tour," Deseret News [Church Section], August 15,1936.

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The Sweetwater River and Devil's Gate in Wyoming, oil paintings by B. F. Larsen, 1936. Courtesy of the Museum of Art, Brigham Young University. All rights reserved.



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Unfortunately, it appears that the 'Yellow Ochre Club" was shortlived. Except for an unpublicized trip to northern Arizona the following year, little was heard of the group since most of the participating artists went their separate ways and could not stay to promote the venture. Even more discouraging, the body of artwork produced by the group was not held together as a complete collection. A number of pieces were dispersed to hang in private homes or in various meetinghouses. Others were simply kept by the families and friends of the artists. Nevertheless, seventeen art tour paintings and n u m e r o u s sketches and notes by Effie Carmack are in the possession of h e r grandson J o h n K. Carmack of Salt Lake City. The series of photographs taken by George Strebel was donated to the C h u r c h Historian's Office,42 and a few sketches and oils went to p e r m a n e n t collections at BYU and the LDS church. Not since the Paris art mission in 1890 had a group of Mormon artists been so noted for a season of intensive study. Although they came from a variety of formal and informal artistic backgrounds, each participant made a unique contribution to the memorialization of the Mormon trek west. For those who desire to maintain the enduring legacy of the pioneer exodus, the art tour and the many works its participants produced are worthy of a place in the chronicles of Mormon art and of the overland trek. Perhaps an interested art student will be inspired by these long forgotten works and seek to revive the spirit of the 'Yellow Ochre Club." " 42 A number of Strebel's photographs were used to illustrate E. Cecil McGavin's, Nauvoo the Beautiful (Salt Lake City: Stevens and Wallis, 1946).

The Pioneers' First View of Salt Lake Valley by Utah artist Lewis A. Ramsey depicts Brigham Young's party on the south side of Emigration Canyon onjuly 24, 1847. Frontispiece in S. A. Kenner's Utah As It Is (1904).

From Emigration Canyon to City Creek: Pioneer Trail and Campsites in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847 BY W. RANDALL DIXON


b r o u g h t again to the fore questions about the route of the Pioneer Trail followed by Brigham Young and the Pioneer Company in 1847. It is ironic that the stretch of trail that is perhaps the least well defined is that which is closest to Salt Lake City—the portion from the m o u t h of Mr. Dixon is a historical archivist in Salt Lake City.


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Emigration Canyon to t h e trail's e n d o n City Creek in what is now downtown Salt Lake City. T h e settlement of the Salt Lake Valley obliterated most of the evidence of the trails a n d campsites, so when interest in historic sites was kindled in later years, differences of opinion as to where events h a d t r a n s p i r e d led to c o n t r o v e r s y a n d t h e m i s p l a c e m e n t of historical markers. T h e study of records left by m e m b e r s of the Pioneer Company, coupled with an u n d e r s t a n d i n g of the original geography of the valley, makes it possible, even at this late date, to u n d e r s t a n d reasonably well the location of t h e trails a n d campsites of the founding year. TRAIL OF JULY 22,


In d e s c e n d i n g E m i g r a t i o n Canyon t h e P i o n e e r C o m p a n y followed t h e "road" m a d e by t h e D o n n e r - R e e d Party the year before. Finding the m o u t h of t h e canyon blocked by trees a n d rock outcroppings, the ill-fated emigrants chose to avoid these obstacles by climbi n g a s t e e p hill, since k n o w n as D o n n e r Hill, to t h e s o u t h of t h e canyon. Instead of following their example, the pioneers chose to take t h e time to clear a r o a d t h r o u g h the d e n s e growth along the creek rather than risk the steep incline of the hill. This obstacle overcome, William Clayton described the entry into the valley, " . . . the b r e t h r e n succeeded in cutting a pretty good road along the creek a n d t h e wagons p r o c e e d e d on, taking near a southwest course. We f o u n d t h e last d e s c e n t even b u t very r a p i d all t h e way."1 Their route followed Emigration Creek, which runs in a southwesterly c o u r s e d o w n to t h e valley floor in a d e e p ravine. A l b e r t Carrington's account of the descent m e n t i o n e d the creek: " . . . as we proceed down [the] r u n [Emigration Creek] towards the lake, timber 8c brush give o u t . . . [we] passed on down r u n 8c camped." 2 Historians studying this part of the trail have come to similar conclusions about its direction. In the Pioneer Centennial year of 1947, Preston Nibley wrote of the pioneers " . . . they t h e n followed down Emigration Creek until they came to the banks of another stream, after having traveled five a n d o n e half miles in a southwesterly direction." 3 1

William Clay ton's fournal (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1921), p. 311. See entry for July 22, 1847. Amasa M. Lyman J o u r n a l , k e p t by Albert C a r r i n g t o n , July 22, 1847. Historical D e p a r t m e n t , Archives Division, C h u r c h of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City (hereinafter cited as LDS Church Archives). 3 Preston Nibley, Exodus to Greatness (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1947), p. 426. 2

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Leland H. Creer, writing the same year, said that they . . . entered the Valley of the Great Salt Lake not over the route identified today as the Emigrant Road (west north-westward along Fifth South Street) b u t over a r o u t e which t u r n e d southwestward over the b e n c h , crossing Thirteenth East Street probably near the vicinity of the present Westminster College on Seventeenth South and extending westward until e n c a m p m e n t was m a d e n e a r Fifth East, o n the n o r t h b a n k of Parleys Creek. 4

In 1951 Dale L. Morgan gave the most detailed account: T h e M o r m o n wagons, in short, kept down the gulch of Emigration to a point immediately above t h e present Hogle Gardens Zoo, then to avoid a marsh in the bottoms, pulled u p on the benchland to the south, roughly paralleling the p r e s e n t Wasatch Boulevard b u t a few yards below it to arrive at the b e n c h at t h e i n t e r s e c t i o n of Wasatch Boulevard a n d Michigan Avenue, the northeast extremity of the present Bonneville Golf Course. From this point they wound down the sloping plateau to camp o n Parleys Creek, in t h e vicinity of p r e s e n t 5th East a n d 17th South streets. 5

It is probable that, u p o n reaching the b e n c h l a n d , the pioneers rejoined the Donner-Reed Trail that they h a d b e e n following until their detour a r o u n d D o n n e r Hill. David E. Miller m a d e that conclusion in 1957 when he wrote: . . . A careful reading of the various accounts leads me to the belief that, after cutting a new road t h r o u g h the m o u t h of Emigration Canyon, the expedition t u r n e d to the southwest near the present location of Hogle Zoo and followed the D o n n e r tracks all the way to . . . where they camped on the evening of July 22. 6

To sum u p , t h e p i o n e e r s d e p a r t e d E m i g r a t i o n Canyon to t h e south of the creek, then followed its southwestern course into the valley to the vicinity of what is now Fifth East below Seventeenth South where the creek t u r n e d n o r t h . From that point the company continu e d west to the banks of what we know as Parley's Creek where they made camp. 7 4 5


Leland H. Creer, The Founding of an Empire (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1947), p. 295. Dale L. Morgan, ed., "The J o u r n a l of James Frazier Reed," Utah Historical Quarterly 19 (1951):

6 David E. Miller, "The D o n n e r s Blazed the M o r m o n Trail," Salt Lake Tribune Home Magazine, August 25, 1957, p. 5. Thanks to Will Bagley for this reference. Morgan believed that the trails parted on the benchland with the D o n n e r trail "swinging to the southwest, the M o r m o n road more to the west." Morgan, "James Frazier Reed," p. 206. 7 Also making these conclusions are "Entrance of the Vanguard of Utah Pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley," Pioneer, July-August 1953, pp. 2 8 - 5 1 ; Nicholas G. Morgan, "Original Pioneer Entrance into the Salt Lake Valley," Treasures of Pioneer History, vol. 2 (Salt Lake City: Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1953), pp. 34-36; and Eugene E. Campbell, "The M o r m o n Migrations to Utah," in Richard D. Poll et al, eds., Utah's History (Provo: BYU Press, 1984), p. 125.


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Thomas Bullock described the campsite in his journal: " . . . after wading thro thick grass for some distance, we found a place bare enough for a camping ground, the grass being only knee deep, but very thick; we camped on the banks of a beautiful little stream which was surrounded by very tall grass."8 The location of this campsite was pinpointed in later years by one of the pioneer company, Charles A. Harper, who was interviewed by a Salt Fake Fribune reporter for the Utah Pioneer Jubilee in 1897: "He says there seems to be some difference of opinion as to where the pioneers camped in the valley. According to his statement, the company he was in arrived o n j u l y 22nd, and camp was made on the bed of Parley's Creek, near the site of President Woodruff's villa." Harper was even more precise when he added a note to his original 1847 diary that the campsite was "nearly opposite Woodruffs home." 9 Wilford Woodruffs "villa" was located on his farm on the west side of Fifth East n o r t h of Seventeenth South. Parley's Creek ran a short distance to the east.10 TRAIL OF JULY 23,


O n the m o r n i n g of July 23 the company set out for its final destination which had b e e n selected by Orson Pratt's exploring group the previous day. Before m o v i n g n o r t h , however, "a backtrack a b o u t a mile" was made according to Thomas Bullock.11 No mention was m a d e of the reason for t h e backtrack, b u t it likely was d o n e to avoid the marshes a n d tall grass where the waters of Parley's, Emigration, a n d Red Butte creeks converged, creating an obstacle between the campground and their i n t e n d e d destination on what became known as City Creek. T h e y b a c k t r a c k e d p r o b a b l y to t h e vicinity of what is n o w Eleventh East below Seventeenth South, at the foot of the bench. From that point, Bullock records that the company took "a strait road to a small Grove of Cotton Wood Trees on the banks of a beautiful stream." 12 T h e r o u t e probably passed through today's Liberty Park ending at approximately Third South a n d State streets. 13 8

Thomas Bullock J o u r n a l , July 22, 1847, LDS Church Archives. "Fifty Years Ago Today," Salt Lake Tribune, Mav 30, July 22, 1897; The Diary of Charles Alfred Harper (n.p.,1971), p. 31. 10 "Five Acre Lots in the Big Field" [1850s], Salt Lake County R e c o r d e r ' s Office; copy in LDS Church Archives. Plat shows farming lots and stream courses. 11 Bullock J o u r n a l , July 23, 1847. 12 Ibid. 13 Charles A. Harper mentions "moving up to the springs in what is now known as Liberty Park."See "Fifty Years Ago Today," May 30, 1897. 9


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In 1880, at the Pioneer Day celebration in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, Erastus Snow discussed the July 23 campsite, putting it into the context of the city that had grown up around it. " . . . on the 23rd we made our camp on City Creek, below Emigration Street [Third South] . . . on the old channel of the creek; the creek divided just below this Temple Block, one branch running west and the other south. It was on the south branch of the creek we formed our camp. . . ,"14 The south branch of City Creek, which Snow referred to, crossed Third South mid-block between Main and State streets.15 From this we can deduce that the campground was located on the eastern part of the city block b o u n d e d by Third and Fourth South and Main a n d State streets. While camped at this site the pioneers' first efforts at settlement began. When Salt Lake City was surveyed the campsite was divided into lots and distributed to settlers. City Creek's south branch disappeared when its waters were united with the west branch in a channel down North Temple. With the disappearance of recognizable landmarks the location of the campsite shifted in public m e m o r y to the nearby Eighth Ward or Washington Square which, beginning in 1860, was the campground for incoming immigrant companies. When a m o n u m e n t commemorating the 1847 campground was erected for the Pioneer Centennial in 1947 it was placed there. 16 ROUTE OF BRIGHAM YOUNG, JULY 24,


Onjuly 24 Brigham Young with the last of the Pioneer Company arrived in the valley. O n leaving Emigration Canyon he stopped for a view of the valley below and uttered the immortal words, "This is the right place, drive on," to Wilford Woodruff. It appears that Young's group followed the trail of those who preceded them two days before. One member of the group, Howard Egan, gave a brief description of the route in his diary: "We then left the ravine [Emigration Canyon] and turned to the right and ascended a very steep pitch, where we beheld the great valley of the Salt Lake spreading out before us." 17 14

The Utah Pioneers (Salt L a k e City: Deseret News, 1880), p . 46. W. Randall Dixon, "Beautiful T r o u b l e s o m e City Creek," Pioneer, W i n t e r 1996, p p . 24—28. 16 Treasures of Pioneer History, vol. 2 (1953), p. 420. 17 Pioneering the West, 1846-1878: Major Howard Egan's Diary ( R i c h m o n d , U t a h : H o w a r d R. E g a n Estate, 1917), p . 103. 15

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Egan was describing leaving the canyon where it makes a sharp t u r n to the right, then making the steep climb to the bench on the south. T h e diary of a n o t h e r m e m b e r of the group, H e b e r C. Kimball, also d e s c r i b e d t h e e n t r a n c e into t h e valley, "A little f u r t h e r we ascended a steep pitch, from whence we beheld the Great Valley of the Salt Lake spreading before us. . . . We found the balance of the road good and rapidly descending for several miles." 18 Both accounts m e n t i o n ascending a steep pitch on leaving the canyon. This would fit the description of the "hogback" which extends along the south side of the creek. 19 T h e mention of a "road" suggests that an established r o u t e was being followed. It also seems unlikely that Wilford Woodruff with the ailing Young in his carriage, would have blazed a new trail. Confirming this conclusion is an account by James A. Little based on the reminiscences of his uncle, Lorenzo Dow Young. Young h a d accompanied his b r o t h e r Brigham Young into the valley on July 24. Little wrote: A short distance below t h e m o u t h of Emigration Canyon is a slight elevation of the table land, generally designated, in the early days of Salt Lake City, as ' T h e H o g Back,' which hides the valley from the traveler until the top of it is reached. From this point the Pioneers had their first good view of the object of their tedious j o u r n e y across the plains—the valley of the Great Salt Lake. President Young followed the wagon tracks of those who had p r e c e d e d him a day or two before into the valley.20

Little's account was supported in later years by historians Creer and Morgan. Wrote Creer: " . . . it is clear that President Young followed the original Pioneer road into the valley, which turned to the south, not the north at the mouth of Emigration Canyon. . . ."21 Morgan, after describing the July 22 trail r u n n i n g to the southwest added: "This, it should be noted, was also the route of Brigham Young two days later."22 T h e conclusion r e a c h e d by these historians is not, however, the prevailing view today. In July 1921 the M u t u a l I m p r o v e m e n t Association of the LDS church erected a concrete marker bearing the legend "This is the place" at a site north of the creek near the mouth of the canyon. According to the Deseret News, the marker and accompanying pageant "settled a long 18

Heber C. Kimball J o u r n a l , kept by William Clayton, July 24, 1847, LDS Church Archives. A hogback is actually a formal, topographical term for a long, sharply crested ridge. -'"James A. Little, "1847," The Contributor, vol. 4 (November 1882), p. 56. 21 Creer, The Founding of an Empire, p. 20n. 22 Morgan, "James Frazier Reed," p. 205n; David E. Miller, while accepting the southwest route of the July 22 group, believed that Brigham Young took a different route. Miller, "The Donners," p. 5. 19

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argument as to just where President Brigham Young first designated the stopping place for the pioneer band." 23 The site, called "Pioneer View," was d***Pfi located for t h e MIA by William W. Riter, a prominent Utah businessman who, at age nine, arrived in t h e valley a few weeks after Brigham Young. Of Riter, the Deseret News stated: "No one living was better acquainted with the history of the early settlem e n t of Salt Lake valley "This Is the Place" marker erected by the MIA in July than he and n o one could 1921 is still standing, hidden by brush from easy viewing, east of the elaborate 1947 monument. USHS be m o r e confidently re- collections. lied u p o n to establish the exact location of the spot from which Brigham Young first looked o u t over the valley o n j u l y 24, 1847."24 In his speech at the marker's dedication, Riter defended the choice against those who argued for its location to the south of the creek: . . . a g o o d many have claimed that they w e n t over what is called t h e Hogback—this ridge right below here. If you will go down there and note how the hogback was originally, you will see that was absolutely impossible; b u t I am inclined to think that even if they could, n o view of the valley could be had from that point. That passageway was cut through there, at various times from year to year; but originally it was absolutely impassable. 25

T h e erection of the "Pioneer View" marker seemed to settle the matter. W h e n t h e p r e s e n t m o n u m e n t was e r e c t e d for t h e U t a h P i o n e e r C e n t e n n i a l in 1947 it was l o c a t e d n o t far from t h e 1921 marker. 23

"Historic Spot Will Be Marked," Deseret News, July 23, 1921. "Last Public Address of Utah Veteran," Deseret News, J a n u a r y 17, 1922. T h e selection of the site was actually m a d e some years earlier. See " M o n u m e n t Site Was Carefully Selected," Church News, April 5, 1947, p. 9. In 1917 a wooden m a r k e r was placed on the site. See J o h n D. Giles, "Hike of 1917—Pioneer Trail," Improvement Era 20, S e p t e m b e r 1917, p p . 987-93. 25 W. W. Riter, "Correct Placing of the M o n u m e n t , Pioneer View," Improvement Era 24, S e p t e m b e r 1921, p. 973. Hereafter cited as Riter, "Monument." 24

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Those who disagreed about the site accepted the monument as symbolic. Dale L. Morgan, for example, commented, "The 'This Is the Place Monument' north of the gulch of Emigration serves to commemorate imposingly the historic circumstances of the Mormon arrival in Salt Lake Valley, but is not to be taken as marking the site where Brigham Young got his first sweeping view of the future home of the Saints."26 TRAILS AFTER JULY 24,


O n j u l y 27 Amasa M. Lyman, Sam Brannan, Rodney Badger, a n d Roswell Stevens rode into the valley, the first arrivals since Brigham Young's July 24 group. It is not known what route they took, but since they were on horseback they probably broke their own trail, taking a more direct route to the City Creek camp. July 29 b r o u g h t a large body of m e m b e r s of the M o r m o n Battalion a n d Mississippi Saints into the valley. It is clear that they did create a new trail. They crossed to the n o r t h side of the creek at the canyon's m o u t h then h e a d e d west, crossing Red Butte Creek and leaving the bench near present Ninth South and Thirteenth East streets. From there the trail t u r n e d northwest to the camp on City Creek. 27 It is likely that this same trail was taken by those r e t u r n i n g to W i n t e r Quarters, which William Clayton mentioned in his j o u r n a l on August 17: "Started out at 8:10 a n d found the distance to the m o u t h of the canyon five miles, the difference arising from making a road across instead of following the first one." 28 This would also have b e e n the route followed by the large pion e e r companies that b e g a n arriving in September 1847. Most of the newcomers probably assumed that their trail was that which had b e e n followed by t h e i r p r e d e c e s s o r s o n July 22 a n d July 24. This may explain some of the later confusion on the matter of trails. A m o n g those arriving in October 1847 was William W. Riter. For the 1848 emigration, the route c h a n g e d again. In o r d e r to avoid interference with the laying out of streets a n d lots, the road was moved to the north, descending from the bench at the head of Third South, therefore to be known for many years as Emigration Street. 29 26

Morgan, "James Frazier Reed," p. 205. "Extracts from the J o u r n a l of J o h n Steele," Utah Historical Quarterly 6 (1933): 17; "A Pioneer's Story," Deseret News Pioneerfubilee Edition, July 24, 1897; Riter, "Monument," p. 73. 28 William Clayton's Journal, p. 347. 29 High Council Minutes, July 1, 8, 1848, as published in Kate B. Carter, comp., Our Pioneer Heritage, v. 17 (Salt Lake City: Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1974), p. 111. These minutes describe plans to prepare an emigrant road for incoming travelers. 27


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Artist Alfred Lambourne, who arrived in Utah in 1866, published his "first view" of the Salt Lake Valley in his book T h e Pioneer Trail (1913).

As we r e m e m b e r a n d h o n o r Utah's founders, it is important that their story be told as accurately as possible—avoiding the myths a n d legends that develop over time. T h e conclusion of a 1953 article about the trail in the Sons of Utah Pioneers magazine bears repeating: "It is i m p o r t a n t . . . that historic fact be a d h e r e d to a n d n o t embellished with unestablished tradition." 30 30 "Entrance of the Vanguard of the Utah Pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley," Pioneer, July-August 1953, p. 51.

The Trial of Don Pedro Leon: Politics, Prejudice, and Pragmatism BY SONDRA JONES Stereotypical drawing of a "New Mexican Trader" from George D. Brewerton's Overland with Kit Carson (1930).

1851 AUTHORITIES FROM M A N T I , U T A H , a r r e s t e d eight "Spanish" 1 traders from New Mexico, including their leader, P e d r o Leon, and eventually b r o u g h t them to trial in the First Judicial Court of Utah Territory in Great Salt Lake City. They were accused of violating the Trade a n d Intercourse Act of 1834, having allegedly t r a d e d without a license with the Ute Indians for nine Indian captives. They were found guilty, fined, and, despite appeals and counter suits, eventually r e t u r n e d , disgruntled, to New Mexico where they c o n t i n u e d t h e i r appeals as h i g h as t h e c o m m i s s i o n e r of I n d i a n Affairs in Washington, D.C. T h e Pedro Leon incident has all but faded into short references or footnotes in Utah's history—if it is noted at all. Yet its resulting legislation would have lasting effects on Utah and New Mexico and would play a major role in causing one Indian war in Utah and contributing to another Indian war in New Mexico. 2 It is unfortunate that our current histories of the event have become so telescoped and garbled that the t r u t h — l e t alone t h e Mexican p e r c e p t i o n of t h e i n c i d e n t — h a s long since faded from view United States v. Pedro Feon et al. became something of a cause celebre I N DECEMBER

Sondra Jones, an i n d e p e n d e n t researcher and writer living in Provo, recently completed a master's program in history at Brigham Young University. 1 Court documents consistently refer to the traders as Spanish, while other documents and most historians refer to them as Mexican; however, by 1851 they were all American citizens following the creation of New Mexico Territory by the United States. To remain consistent with most historical references, they will generally be referred to h e r e as "Mexican" traders. 2 The curtailment of the Mexican-Indian slave trade led directly to the Walker War and was a major contributing factor to the Indian wars in New Mexico/Arizona when slave raiding increased dramatically against Navajos to make u p for the loss of captives from Utah. See David M. Brugge, "Navajos in t h e Catholic Church Records of New Mexico, 1694-1875." Research Report No. 1, Window Rock, Arizona, Navajo Tribe Parks and Recreation Department, 1968, frontispiece, pp. 35-38, 147.


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for a time in Utah and forced the examination and crystallization into formal legislation of policies concerning the legality of Mormon settlement among and trade with the Indians. It also focused attention on the legality of Negro and Indian slavery and raised the question of what to do with the prevalent, though sometimes repugnant, Indian slave trade in which Mormons found themselves active participants. Thus, although Brigham Young used his influence during the Mexicans' trial to ensure that it was fair, impartial, and just, the political expediency of a guilty verdict to curtail the Mexican trade, combined with a widespread prejudice against Catholic Hispanics in general, almost certainly influenced the results of the trial. It is not surprising in our age of concern for h u m a n rights that this "child-slaver," Pedro Leon, has come down to us through history painted in the black hues of villainy, his defense referred to sneeringly as the excuses of an unscrupulous trader in flagrant disregard for authority and morality, his punishment the just desserts of a sordid dealer in h u m a n flesh. 3 Nor is it surprising that modern Utah histories, perpetuating the often ethnocentric and Mormon-biased reports of contemporary sources and early historians, have portrayed this incident as the righteous triumph of Mormon officials over the immoral traditions of Mexicans and Indians, clearing the way for colonization and expansion of white settlers—civilization—in Utah. 4 Also helping to justify the need to arrest Leon's party has been the inadvertent wedding of the 1851-52 judicial incident with a second, decidedly belligerent and retaliatory, confrontation with New Mexican traders that took place a year later and resulted in military orders against all Mexican trading parties in the territory. Because of this historical telescoping of events, Utah historians have been able to vilify the Mexican traders as having been perpetually antagonistic and defiant toward the M o r m o n settlers and of inciting and arming the Indians against them from the beginning. But prior to 1853 Mexican traders had peacefully and unobtrusively plied their trade. They became angry and hostile only after the expulsion of Leon and the subsequent passing of laws against nonMormons trafficking in Indian captives. 3 For e x a m p l e , see t h e t r e a t m e n t by L. R. Bailey, Indian Slave Trade in the Southwest (Los Angeles: Westernlore Press, 1966), p p . 101, 159. 4 S t a n d a r d original s o u r c e s i n c l u d e : B r i g h a m Young's " M a n u s c r i p t History, 1 8 5 3 - 1 8 6 2 " ( h e r e inafter BYMH) a n d t h e " J o u r n a l History of t h e C h u r c h , " b o t h in LDS C h u r c h Archives, Salt Lake City; Young's addresses to the legislature; an editorial in the DeseretNews Weekly by Willard Richards, N o v e m b e r 15, 1851; t h e c o u r t findings, p u b l i s h e d in t h e Deseret News Weekly, M a r c h 6, 1852; a n d Daniel W . J o n e s , Forty Years among the Indians (Salt Lake City: Juvenile I n s t r u c t o r Office, 1890), p p . 4 7 - 5 8 .

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I n d i a n slavery in U t a h was a p r o b l e m . T h e M o r m o n settlers observed firsthand the r a n k cruelty of Ute slavers who consistently mistreated their captives a n d who destroyed families a n d b a n d s to obtain them. They could n o t u n d e r s t a n d the Mexican traders who perpetuated a custom as unsavory as Indian slavery. But the New Mexicans h a d grown u p in a culture in which the trade in I n d i a n menials a n d the fostering of I n d i a n children "rans o m e d " from captors ( o r c a p t u r e d d u r i n g I n d i a n wars) was an accepted tradition. Spanish missionaries had found that most Indian adults were resistant to attempts at either conversion or acculturation by the Spanish but that raising Indian children within the Spanish cult u r e a n d Catholic r e l i g i o n was an effective tool to "civilize" a n d Christianize I n d i a n s . It also p r o v i d e d a great p o o l of inexpensive menials and children for frontier families. Although the market for captives led to increased Indian warfare to facilitate and legitimize the acquisition of additional captives, most Mexicans chose to close their eyes to its inherent immorality and the misery it caused. Justified in cultural and ecclesiastical terms as "the exercise of a just and pious doctrine against pagans and heathens," the practice of obtaining I n d i a n children h a d b e c o m e accepted as "the only practical m e t h o d of civilizing and Christianizing wild Indians." 5 As a result, t h r o u g h o u t New Mexico a n d s o u t h e r n Colorado thousands of Indian children, captured or bartered for, were being raised in a twilight realm between i n d e n t u r e d menials working off the cost of their "ransom" and u p k e e p and foster/adopted children. 6 Don Pedro Leon was o n e of many who catered to this market for menials and foster children. Such children were not slaves, he would later a r g u e in justifying himself, b u t were raised as m e m b e r s of Mexican households where they were taught homemaking or ranching skills and indoctrinated with the Christian religion and were freed u p o n their majority. Although there were notable exceptions in the t r e a t m e n t of these captives, once placed in h o m e s Indian children were usually treated as well as other children fostered in the family. Indeed, Leon himself was probably a descendent of such Hispanicized 5 As quoted in Almon Wheeler Lauber, Indian Slavery in Colonial Times within the Present Limits of the United States (New York: Columbia University, 1913), pp. 49-50. 6 See a more extensive discussion of this in Sondra Jones, "History of the Indian Slave Trade in New Mexico," chap. 3 in "Pedro L e o n : Indian-Slavery, Mexican Traders, a n d the M o r m o n Judiciary" (M.A. thesis, Brigham Young University, 1995). See also, Brugge, "Navajos in the Catholic C h u r c h Records," pp. 99-116.


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Indians, a n d h e raised or stood godfather to several Paiute boys himself.7 Thus both the Mexicans a n d the M o r m o n settlers believed their own perspectives o n I n d i a n "slavery" were justified and were at a loss to understand the position of the other. As a consequence, the trial of P e d r o L e o n a n d his c o m p a n i o n s b e c a m e an example of racial, cultural, a n d religious bias accompanied by the clashing of cultural perspectives. In a d d i t i o n to t h e M o r m o n s ' c o n c e r n s a b o u t the slave t r a d e ' s immorality a n d cruelty, they believed that it p e r p e t u a t e d the intertribal warfare that interfered with their settlements. Thus the political necessity of stopping the trade was every bit as important as the moral imperatives against it. By 1847 the staple trade item a n d a major source of wealth for many Ute warriors h a d become the selling of Indian captives. For over fifty years t h e p r i m a r y m a r k e t for this trade h a d b e e n the Mexican traders who yearly traveled o n the Spanish Trail to rendezvous with the Utes in central Utah. Within weeks of their entrance into the valley of the Great Salt Lake, M o r m o n pioneers found themselves embroiled in this trade as well. U t e slave traders were soon blackmailing the new settlers into p u r c h a s i n g captives by t h r e a t e n i n g to kill—or actually killing—captives the M o r m o n s did n o t buy. At the same time, many destitute, non-equestrian tribes were offering their children for sale to acquire goods for themselves, divest themselves of a n o t h e r m o u t h to feed, a n d perhaps to provide better homes for these children. But the slave r a i d i n g p e r p e t u a t e d by t h e New Mexican "slave" m a r k e t caused i n t e r t r i b a l rivalries that e n d a n g e r e d M o r m o n colonization. In 1851, w h e n the Trade and Intercourse Act of 1834 regulating Indian relations was extended over the newly created territories, M o r m o n officials f o u n d in it t h e tool they n e e d e d to c o m b a t t h e Mexican-Indian trade. D u r i n g t h e s u m m e r of 1851 D o n P e d r o L e o n Lujan, 8 a fifty7 C h r i s t e n i n g r e c o r d s i n d i c a t e that at least o n e of his p a r e n t s was a "child of t h e p u e b l o " of Abiquiu, that is, a genizaro or Christianized I n d i a n . T h e same records show h i m as g o d f a t h e r to two Paiutes, and census records reveal two more Paiute boys in his household and bearing his name. His arguments about treatment of Indian children in New Mexico can be seen in an affidavit submitted in New Mexico: Lafayette H e a d , " S t a t e m e n t of Mr. H e a d of Abiquiu in Regard of the Buying a n d Selling of Payutahs—April 30, 1852," Doc. #2150, Rich Collection of Papers pertaining to New Mexico, H u n t i n g t o n Library, San Marino, California. See Brugge, "Navajos in the Catholic Church Records," p p . 99-116; a n d Frances Leon Swadesh, Los Primeros Pobladores (Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 1974), p p . 23, 60, 153, 218 n. 36. s A search of Abiquiu records shows a relatively p r o m i n e n t D o n Pedro Leon Lujan active in civic, farming, a n d Indian trading activities. T h e r e are n o Leons in Abiquiu presently a n d few in all of New Mexico. (Census, christening, military, and Indian agency records).

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seven-year-old, moderately well-to-do part-time farmer, militia commander, and Indian trader from Abiquiu, New Mexico, went to the new governor and superintendent of Indian Affairs of New Mexico Territory, James Calhoun, to secure a license to trade with the Ute (Yuta) Nation of Indians. The license was issued August 14, 1851, good to November 14, 1851, upon the posting of a thousand dollar bond. Pedro Leon agreed that he and his "aids, assistants, and servants" would comply with "all the rules and regulations, adopted or that may be adopted" by the United States for regulating trade and intercourse with the Utah Indians. He was authorized to trade with the Ute Nation "in their own localities" but only on his own private and individual account. 9 However, congressional housekeeping and the Compromise of 1850 had recently formed Utah out of the area between California and the Continental Divide and north of the 37th parallel. Thus, the Ute's "own localities" lay almost completely within Utah Territory, not New Mexico. Regardless, the trader and his company set out from New Mexico in September 1851, stopping to exchange trade goods on "the other side" (east) of the Rio Grande (likely the San Luis Valley), where a n u m b e r of other traders were likewise engaged. There Leon traded for horses, mules, and highly valued Ute-tanned buckskins.10 Heading a loosely confederated company of traders, Leon then turned north and westward to take their horses and mules to barter with the Utes of central Utah.11 There is no question that their intention was to trade for captive Indian children since this was the major item of western Ute trade, and horses (and arms) were what Utes 9 Copy of the license issued to P e d r o Leon, attached to the Testimony of Brigham Young, Utah Territory, First Judicial Court of Utah, United States v. Pedro Leon et al., Doc. #1533 [microfiche], Utah State Archives, Salt Lake City. T h e legal requirements for a license were that the applicant be "a citizen of the United States, p r o d u c e satisfactory testimonials of good character, a n d give b o n d in a penal sum n o t exceeding five thousand dollars, with o n e or more sureties, that he will faithfully observe all the laws a n d regulations made for the government of trade and intercourse with the Indian tribes of the United States, a n d in n o respect violate the same, a n d that they will not trade in fire-arms, powder, lead, or other munitions of war. Applicants will distinctly state what tribe they wish to trade with, and u n d e r a license granted, they will not be authorized to trade with others." James S. Calhoun, Indian Agent, November 21, 1849, NMIS RG 75, Letters Received, National Archives, Washington, D . C . 10 Deposition of Phillipe Santiago Archuleta, J a n u a r y 16, 1852, U.S. v. Pedro Leon et al., p . 325. Phillipe was a resident of Taos traveling with his uncle, Miguel Archuleta, a n d u n d e r Leon's leadership. " Leon must have known his license would expire sooner than h e could complete his trading; yet the trip must have been planned, for Chief Wakara told George A. Smith in March that he expected to meet Spanish traders on the n o r t h fork of the Sevier River later that year. Leon was one of the Mexican traders who had been trading there annually for years. Arapeen "says that Pedro Leon has been trading with him for years, and Siapand . . . says that Pedro Leon traded with Arapeen's father years ago." Andrew Siler to George A. Smith, December 18, 1851, George A. Smith Collection, LDS Church Archives. It may have been with Leon that Wakara expected to trade. See George A. Smith, March 18, 1851, "Journal of George Albert Smith (1817-1875), Principal Residence during this Period (1850-1851) Parowan, Utah," typescript, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Special Collections, Provo, Utah.


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traded for.12 After reaching the Green River, a half dozen of the traders left with L e o n to locate the governor a n d acting s u p e r i n t e n d e n t of Indian Affairs, Brigham Young, to display their license to trade a n d "if it was good to trade with the whites and Indians also, and if the license was n o t good, to endeavor to get one from the Governor." 13 D o n P e d r o , his license d u e to expire soon, may have h o p e d to simply renew it, but the traders did n o t grasp the significance of the new territorial borders. They would later testify that they h a d a license from an officer in New Mexico giving them "permission to trade with the Utah Indians, [but they] did n o t know there was any line in the Territories to restrict him from going anywhere." 14 This is n o t surprising since the year before there had been n o "line." Mormons would maintain, and historians continue to write, that Brigham Young's officers stumbled u p o n the traders in the Sanpete Valley as they p u r s u e d their "nefarious traffic" a n d took the opportunity to "strictly p r o h i b i t . . . further traffic." But this is inaccurate, since Leon and his companions had specifically sought out Brigham Young in order to follow legal form for their trade. At the Provo River, while on his way to Great Salt Lake City, Leon l e a r n e d that Young was o n a tour of the s o u t h e r n counties. Young, c o n c e r n e d with the political and civil organization of the young territory, h a d just established Nephi, chosen the location for the new territorial capitol at Fillmore, a n d was p r o c e e d i n g toward Manti where his c o m p a n i o n , the H o n o r a b l e Zerubbabel Snow, j u d g e of the First District C o u r t of U t a h , was to set u p the S e c o n d Judicial C o u r t of Utah. T u r n i n g s o u t h w a r d , L e o n followed the g o v e r n o r as far as t h e Sevier River, where h e discovered that Young was already on his way to Manti. Leon t u r n e d back a n d rendezvoused with his c o m p a n y — twenty-one Mexican traders and their seven servants, along with packs of buckskins a n d n e a r l y a h u n d r e d h o r s e s — i n S a n p e t e Valley. Conveniently, this was near where they had expected to trade anyway.15 O n N o v e m b e r 3 L e o n a p p r o a c h e d B r i g h a m Young with his 12 While eastern Utes sold children to the Mexicans, they did not practice the more institutionalized slave raiding a n d trading that was epitomized by the Utes in central Utah. Children sold by eastern Utes appear to have b e e n incidental to regular warfare with other strong tribes or their own children. O m e r Stewart, "The Eastern U t e " a n d "The Western Ute," notes p r e p a r e d (1973) for his co-authored article, "Ute," in Handbook of the North American Indians, Vol. 11, Great Basin, ed. Warren L. D'Azevedo (Washington, D . C : Smithsonian Institution, 1986). 13 Archuleta deposition; "Information," published in Deseret News Weekly, March 6, 1852, hereinafter referred to as Court "Information." See also "Journal History of the Church," February 10, 1852. 14 Archuleta deposition. 15 G. A. Smith, "Journal," March 18, 1851.

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license and the request that they be allowed to trade with both whites and Indians. 16 Unfortunately, the New Mexicans spoke no English and the Mormons spoke n o Spanish. The only interpreter available was Daniel Jones, a well-known Indian interpreter but only a fair speaker of Spanish. In Brigham Young's words, "there not being a good Spanish Interpreter present it was difficult to find out the real design or extent of their mission." Nevertheless, he determined that the goal of the New Mexicans was to trade horses and mules for Indian children, a trade that had "been carried on for many years back." At this point, Young as both governor and superintendent of Indian Affairs "pointedly forbade" them trading with the Indians—for anything. He instructed them in the evils of the Indian slave trade and told them that their license was not valid in Utah Territory to conduct any kind of trade with the Indians. Without a new and valid license—which he refused to issue—they would be violating the Trade and Intercourse Act regulating trade with the Indians within the United States. They were permitted to trade with the white settlers and to obtain provisions for their return trip. The New Mexicans, all "employed by Mr. Pedro Leon, as Clerks, Servants, traders etc.," promised to r e t u r n home. Leon would later complain, perhaps rightly, that he was refused the license "on the grounds that he was not a Mormon." 17 At this point (perhaps because his thousand-dollar bond was at stake), Leon and his traders prepared to return to New Mexico and abandoned their plans to trade with the Indians. But the Indians had different ideas. While the Mexicans were still near Manti following Young's refusal, they were approached by at least one party of Ute traders with whom they refused to trade. Angry at this rejection, these Indians stole five or six horses. The traders complained to Stephen B. Rose, the Mormon Indian sub-agent for the area (also on Young's southern tour). He ordered George Bean, another Mormon Indian interpreter, to see if he could recover the horses and mules from the Indians and return them to the New Mexicans, but Bean was unsuccessful. Fearful 16

Brigham Young testified that this took place on November 1, but other court records and newspaper reports say the meeting took place on the 3rd. There may have been more than one meeting. 17 Jones, Forty Years, p. 51. Jones claimed to have been the interpreter for the Spaniards. However, some of his recollection of the event is garbled when compared to the official court records. See also Deseret News Weekly, December 13 and November 15, 1851; Young testimony, First Judicial Court, "Minutes," January 15, 1852; BYMH, November 7, 1851; Leon's report to John Greiner, acting superintendent of Indian Affairs, New Mexico, and forwarded to Luke Lea, commissioner of Indian Affairs, May 19, 1852, in Anne H. Abel, ed., Official Correspondence of fames S. Calhoun (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1915), pp. 536-37.


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of m o r e such o c c u r r e n c e s , Leon moved the company n o r t h to t h e Spanish Fork River, off the normal trade routes, and let this loss go. 18 Leaving the majority of the party to guard the remaining horses, Leon and a few companions went to Great Salt Lake City to purchase provisions. U p o n his r e t u r n , a b o u t N o v e m b e r 11 or 12, h e discovered that Indians h a d stolen a n o t h e r six animals three days earlier. Leon immediately told the majority of the party to pack u p and leave for Santa Fe by way of the northerly Spanish Fork route, taking with them most of the stock a n d provisions. H e kept only e n o u g h horses, mules, and provisions to outfit himself a n d seven companions in the h o p e of locating t h e missing stock a n d t h e n catching u p with t h e m a i n c o m p a n y by following t h e s h o r t e r trail t h r o u g h S a n p e t e Valley.19 L e o n testified t h a t h e s o u g h t a n d received p e r m i s s i o n from "Mormon authorities" to look for the lost animals, 20 and for the n e x t t h r e e weeks h e a n d his c o m p a n i o n s tried to recover t h e i r stock. Their first discovery yielded only the hides of two horses, the Indians having apparently b u t c h e r e d a n d eaten t h e m . These Indians gave Vicente Chaves, the owner, a thirty-year-old Indian woman captive as compensation. Subsequently, Miguel Archuleta would also be forced to accept a child in payment for one of his horses, likewise devoured. Sometime later, Arapeen, b r o t h e r of Wakara, r o d e abruptly into the New M e x i c a n ' s c a m p , c a u g h t five h o r s e s b e l o n g i n g to M i g u e l Archuleta a n d threw down two Indian children, stating that "if h e [Archuleta] had a m o o d to trade h e would trade a n d if h e h a d n o t he would trade any how." Another Indian caught a horse belonging to Albino Mestes, t h r e w down a child, a n d r o d e off w i t h o u t comment. T h e Mexicans tracked down a n o t h e r b a n d of Indians, b u t they pointedly refused to return the stolen horses a n d insisted Leon take a boy and girl in their place as payment. Leon would later claim there had been nearly three h u n d r e d Indians in the band against his eight men, though this is probably an exaggeration. Leon would also assert later that his intention was to take the captives back to New Mexico where he would present his case to Governor Calhoun, ask for indem18 Archuleta deposition; Court "Information"; Testimony of F. A. Pomeroy, January 16, 1852, U.S. v. Pedro Leon et al, p. 329. 19 Pomeroy testimony; C o u r t "Information." Leon's route would undoubtedly have been the traditional Old Spanish Trail normally traveled by the New Mexican traders into central Utah. The n o r t h e r n route for the rest of the company may have been chosen to reduce chances of r u n n i n g into m o r e central Utah Utes. 20 Greiner to Lea.

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nity for his lost horses, a n d leave the disposal of the captives to the government. 2 1 Pedro Leon's claims were certainly not new. Mormons themselves h a d already experienced coercive sales of Indian children from Ute slavers,22 and Leon's experiences were reminiscent of earlier Spanish traders who had r e p o r t e d Indian captives being forced u p o n them. 23 But precedents would not excuse Leon's company. O n December 5 or 6, while the Spaniards were camped on Salt Creek north of Manti, local Indians i n f o r m e d officials that the Mexican traders were still a r o u n d a n d h a d I n d i a n captives in their possession. These Indians may have been from rival bands to Wakara's raiders (not all Utes were slavers) or simply currying favor with the local officials from w h o m they received favors—or both. In any case, the result was that a warrant for the Mexicans' arrest was issued by a local justice of the peace. Leon and his companions were taken into custody by a posse of some forty men; their horses, mules, tack, and Indian captives were confiscated; and the Mexicans were thrown into jail. H e r e they were unsuccessfully represented by a sympathetic budding attorney, Andrew Siler. From the beginning the Mexicans feared that they would have a difficult time receiving a fair trial in Utah. T h e traders voiced concern t h a t local enmity was already affecting t h e i r trial: J u a n A n t o n i o Baldineros complained to Siler that James T. S. Allred, the Manti prosecutor, was their enemy, and that he was trying "to injure them by getting the Indians to Testify against them." Siler would later write to the new attorneys in Great Salt Lake City: "I want to see justice between m a n & man and Pedro Leon 8c Co. want me to do all I can for them," a n d he sent Francis P o m e r o y as an i n t e r p r e t e r whom both the new attorneys and the Spaniards could trust, "as he is an Amigo to them." 24 Siler wrote that h e was particularly c o n c e r n e d with the subpoenaing of Indian witnesses. Not only were the Indians, as parties to the transactions, equally guilty u n d e r the law, but they were also interested 21 Archuleta deposition; C o u r t "Information"; Greiner to Lea. By the time Leon r e t u r n e d to New Mexico and lodged his complaint a b o u t his treatment in Utah, the n u m b e r of lost horses had increased from the original twelve to eighteen. Also, his "intention" of yielding u p his captives seems a bit too altruistic given his years as a slave trader. 22 For example, see William J. Snow, "Utah Indians and Spanish Slave Trade" and "Some Source Documents on Utah Indian Slavery," Utah Historical Quarterly 2 (1929): 67-76, 76-90. 23 In 1813 Mauricio Arze a n d Lagos Garcia had entered Utah Valley hoping to trade for furs. T h e Utes there refused to trade for furs, demanding instead that they trade for captive children. W h e n they refused, several of their horses were killed. O n the Green River they were met again by Indian traders who brought children, not furs, to trade; in fear of a repeat attack, they traded for them. Testimony, Rio Arriba, September 1813 in R. E. Twitchell, ed., Spanish Archives of New Mexico (Cedar Rapids, 1914), vol. 2, p. 478, d o c u m e n t #1881 no. 7. See also LeRoy R. Hafen and Ann W. Hafen, Old Spanish Trail: Santa Fe to Los Angeles (Glendale, Calif: A r t h u r H. Clark Co., 1954), pp. 85-86. 24 Siler to G. A. Smith.


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parties who stood to gain if the Mexicans were found guilty. H e feared they may have t h o u g h t (or h a d been led to believe) that they could reclaim the forfeited c h i l d r e n if the traders were f o u n d guilty. A r a p e e n was already boasting t h a t h e h a d t r a d e d a child for t h e Spanish horse he was riding a r o u n d the community at the time of the Manti trial, but Baldineros contended that the horse in question h a d actually been stolen "out of the corell at this place after the Spaniards were in jail 8c their horses in the custody of the sheriff."25 O n D e c e m b e r 9 the Manti court notified J u d g e Snow in Great Salt Lake City that they had found the traders guilty of "the crime of trading with the Indians of this County 8c Territory without license." 26 Stephen B. Rose was sent to investigate. U p o n his return h e filed an affidavit in the First District Court, and the clerk issued a warrant for the arrest of Pedro Leon and the members of his company. 27 Marshal Joseph L. Heywood was sent to bring the Mexicans and their confiscated property (now "officially" seized by an officer of the court) to Great Salt Lake City to be tried before the First District Court. 28 The political climate had a significant impact on the trial. In 1851 Utah and New Mexico territories were in the midst of the national turmoil over slavery, a n d the legality of slavery in Utah Territory was a significant issue. F u r t h e r militating against the Mexicans, only two months earlier a conflict between Mormons and Utah's new federal appointees had left the Utah courts controlled by Mormons a n d with n o Supreme Court to which to appeal when two of the three district court judges and the Indian agent fled the territory as part of the exodus of Utah's "run-away" federal officials.29 25

Ibid. Elijah Averett, JP, a n d Titus Billings, JP, to Zerubbabel Snow, December 9, 1851, Brigham Young Collection, box 47, fd. 36, LDS Church Archives. 27 T h e m e m b e r s of t h e remaining company were: Phillip Santiago Chaves (Archuleta), Miguel Archuleta, Jose Samuel Gomes, J u a n Antonio Baldineros, Jose Albustos (or Albino) Mestes, and Vicente Chaves. The names of the Spanish traders are a little difficult to decipher from the records inasmuch as they were recorded by m e n who obviously did not speak Spanish and rendered the names in various phonetic spellings. 28 Greiner to Lea; C o u r t "Information"; Affidavit of S. B. Rose, Indian subagent, D e c e m b e r 13, 1851, U.S.v. Pedro Leon et al., pp.161-62; Warrant of arrest, December 13, 1851, and December 29, 1851, ibid., pp. 157-58; Archuleta deposition. 29 Edwin B. Firmage a n d Richard Collin Mangum, Zion in the Courts: A Legal History of the Church of fesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1988), pp. 264-65, 214-15. Shortly after the creation of the territory the control of the Utah civil judiciary had been shifted to a supreme court made up of the federally appointed justices who were to preside over the territory's three judicial districts. These civil courts were to adjudicate non-Mormon cases or criminal actions (Mormons were expected to have their misunderstandings arbitrated by ecclesiastical courts). However, some federally appointed gentile officials f o u n d themselves almost immediately embroiled in conflicts with M o r m o n leaders, and they left to make complaints in Washington. (They included Judges Perry E. Brocchus and Lemuel G. Brandebury.) Shortly thereafter the legislature extended broad jurisdiction to local probate courts, and J u d g e Snow was authorized to serve in all three districts until newjudges could be appointed by the president. 26

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O n December 29 a special court session was convened to try the case of United States v. Pedro Feon et al. T h e witnesses s u b p o e n a e d included Brigham Young and other Mormons, Mexicans, and Indians, i n c l u d i n g t h e wily Arapeen. 3 0 J u d g e Z e r r u b b a b e l Snow, o n e of t h e original three district c o u r t judges and a M o r m o n , presided, and Seth M. Blair, U.S. attorney for the territory, was the prosecutor. Blair, the first U.S. attorney a p p o i n t e d for the new Utah Territory, was a southerner, a f o r m e r m a j o r in t h e Texas R a n g e r s , a n d a v e t e r a n of t h e Mexican-American War. H e has b e e n characterized as wise, tactful, a n d "knowing all a b o u t the Mexican character, having b e e n in t h e Texan war [for i n d e p e n d e n c e ] , " b u t h e was also a m a n of d e c i d e d prejudices against blacks a n d Mexicans. 31 T h e defense attorneys for the Spanish traders were Josiah Slayton and George A. Smith. Smith had only recently r e t u r n e d from helping to found settlements in s o u t h e r n Utah where h e a n d his n e i g h b o r s were, at this time, all actively p u r c h a s i n g I n d i a n c h i l d r e n . H e was acquainted with the notorious slaver Wakara from whom settlers frequently p u r c h a s e d c h i l d r e n . Smith's own first e n c o u n t e r with t h e southern Utah Indians h a d occurred earlier in the year when h e took a twelve-year-old Paiute boy in c o m p e n s a t i o n for a slaughtered ox. Within a year, one traveler would note that almost every M o r m o n family in Santa Clara ( s o u t h e r n Utah) h a d o n e or two Indian children they h a d purchased from the Indians. 32 T h e court also called a j u r y of "good and lawful men" from Great Salt Lake City. William McBride, a forty-five-year-old blacksmith, acted as foreman. Others included m e n ranging from c o m m o n laborers to a shoemaker and a stonecutter to a doctor. 33 George Bean served as the Indian interpreter, and Francis Pomeroy was the Spanish interpreter. 34 30 U.S. v. Pedro Leon et al, misc. docs., pp. 159-76, 323-24. Witnesses included James Allred, Antonio Jose Gallegos, Brigham Young, Isaac Morley, Albert C a r r i n g t o n , Daniel J o n e s , George Bean, Francis Pomeroy, and the Indians Arapeen a n d Sequite. 31 "Seth M. Blair," Kate B. Carter, comp., Our Pioneer Heritage, vol. 2 (Salt Lake City: Daughter of Utah Pioneers, 1959), pp. 48-49; Seth Millington Blair, obituary, copy with "Reminiscences a n d Journals, 1851-1868," MSS. (microfilm), LDS Church Archives. Blair was ardently pro-Confederacy during the Civil War. In a letter to a friend he referred to the North as "the old negro worshiping government of Uncle Sam alias (Devil) . . ."; Jones, Forty Years, 52. 32 G. A. Smith, "Journal," D e c e m b e r 1850, p p . 10-12; and March 12, 21, and 25, 1851, p p . 46-47, 49-50; "History of Zilpha Stark Smith," in G. A. Smith, "Journal," p. 85; Gwinn Harris Heap, Central Route to the Pacific (Philadelphia, 1854), p. 9 1 . 33 William McBride, Darwin Richardson, George D. Grant, Daniel Allen, Jacob Houtz, J a m e s A. Cheney, Stephen Law, Guy Keysor, J o s e p h E. Book, Joseph G. Hovey, and William Jones. U.S. v. Pedro Leon et al, p p . 239-40. According to 1850 U.S. Census records, McBride, the foreman, was related to Manti residents where the original arrests took place. 34 George Bean, "Diaries,"January 2, 1852, MSS. (microfilm 920 #10), Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, BYU. Francis Pomeroy was r e c o m m e n d e d to George A. Smith by Andrew Siler, a n d his testimony appears in his deposition in U.S. v. Pedro Leon et al., p p . 329-30.

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T h e main issue of the trial was t h e traffic in I n d i a n slaves, a n d m u c h of t h e testimony c o n c e r n e d its evil i n f l u e n c e . T h e M e x i c a n s ' moral and political offense was possessing Indian slaves. Since slavery itself was not illegal in U t a h , t h e Mexicans could not be tried simply for having slaves in their possession. Consequently, the Mexicans w e r e accused a n d tried for the only law that they h a d violated, t h e federal act regulating trade with Indians. T h e Trade and Intercourse Act of 1834 had originally been passed by Marshal Joseph L. Heywood. Congress to regulate c o m m e r c e in All photos from USHS collections. the newly created Indian Country. If found guilty, a trader would be fined a mandatory $500 and his merchandise confiscated. At the time of the Mexicans' trial the c o u r t h a d in its possession, a n d the U n i t e d States claimed forfeiture of, ten mules, six horses, a "squaw" (thirty years old), eight Indian children (ages seven to twelve), a n d some miscellaneous "goods, wares, [and] merchandise"— but, notably, n o firearms.35 For a verdict of guilty, the j u r y would have to d e t e r m i n e that t h e defendants had knowingly, a n d willingly, traded with the Indians without Judge Zerubbabel Snow. h o l d i n g a valid license to t r a d e in U t a h Territory. 36 If the j u r y f o u n d that the Mexicans' claim of a forced trade was merely a "device to evade the law," they would be guilty of having traded without a license. T h e court f o u n d that Leon h a d the only license a n d that it was invalid for trade in Utah. T h e j u r y also concluded that the traders were 35

Seth Blair, "Information in Libel," December 1851, U.S. v. Pedro Leon et al., p p . 167-70. Court "Information." Unless otherwise noted, the discussion of the trial comes from this newspaper account of the proceedings. 36


Fhe Frial of Don Pedro Feon lying about being coerced into trade. O n January 1, 1852, after a three-day trial and without a lengthy deliberation, the J u r y r e t u r n e d a verdict of guilty. Pedro Leon was found to be indebted to the United States in the sum of $500, and the Mexicans' horses, mules, tack a n d buckskins were turned over to Marshal Heywood for sale, the proceeds of which were to go toward paying the fine.37 Seth Blair then petitioned the court to sell the "confiscated" Indian captives to help pay court costs. Since slavery was legal in the United States in 1851, a n d since it h a d n o t b e e n prohibited in Utah, nor had any laws specifically against Indian slavery b e e n passed, Blair a r g u e d that the "slaves" confiscated with the rest of the Mexicans' m e r c h a n d i s e were property, along with t h e buckskins and mules, and could be disposed of for value by the court the same as black slaves could have been. 38 But Slay ton, acting as attorney

Prosecutor Seth M. Blair.

" J a n u a r y 1, 1851, U.S. v. Pedro Leon et al., pp. 239-40. Leon told Greiner that each trader was fined $50, which they promptly paid (Greiner to Lea,), but the court recorded only the $500 fine against Pedro Leon. 38 Blair's arguments were based on the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo which authorized the extension of existing laws over the new territories created from the acquisition of Mexican lands; Blair erroneously assumed that Indian slavery had b e e n legal in Mexico a n d thus in New Mexico a n d U t a h . Actually, Indian Defense attorney George A. Smith. slavery a n d the trade in I n d i a n captives h a d b e e n specifically prohibited by Spain a n d Mexico as early as the sixteenth century, making Indian slavery specifically illegal in both New Mexico and Utah, although the laws were generally flouted a n d judicially ignored. See September 13, 1778, bando (edict) issued to control flow of c o n t r a b a n d to b o r d e r tribes by prohibiting unlicensed trade with Indians (generally ignored); 1812 bando prohibiting purchasing or trade in captives from Utes (again, generally ignored). Reviewed in L. R. Bailey, Indian Slave Trade in the Southwest (Los Angeles: Westernlore Press, 1966), p p . 141-44; #740; R. E. Twitchell, ed., Spanish Archives of New Mexico, vol. 2 (Cedar Rapids, 1914), p. 263; Hafen and Hafen, Spanish Trail, p p . 262-64. Even James Calhoun, who signed Leon's license, had been attempting to control the slave trade, calling it "exceedingly pernicious" and "the greatest curse" u p o n the Indians of the territory, r e c o m m e n d i n g the extension of the Trade a n d Intercourse Act be applied there a n d issuing his own regulations in the m e a n t i m e forbidding the trade. See J a m e s C a l h o u n to O r l a n d o Brown, November 2, 1849, New Mexico Indian Superintendency, as quoted in Bailey, Indian Slave Trade, pp. 100-101.



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for the Indian captives, petitioned the court to free them. Although a law passed earlier had already established the proprietary and ownership rights of black slave owners, the legal status of Indian slaves in Utah had yet to be determined. 39 Judge Snow would make this determination in the aftermath of the Leon trial, concluding that Utah had never passed an act allowing Indian slavery and did not recognize Indian "tradition" as binding u p o n territorial law; therefore, the Indian captives were o r d e r e d released. However, since the children were essentially orphans, with parents unknown, they were "placed" in Mormon homes to be fostered— and indentured—as was customary whenever Indian children were acquired. 4 0 An irate Leon would claim that after confiscating the Indian children from him, they had been "sold to the Mormons as servants, by the M o r m o n Authorities." 41 From Leon's perspective the "Mormon Authorities" had done precisely what he had been tried and convicted of trying to do—taking Indian children to be sold into informal indentures and raised in homes as acculturated menials. With Snow's decision a precedent had been set. Within a m o n t h the Utah Territorial Legislature would pass an act making Indian slavery specifically illegal, but setting out the procedure for purchasing Indian children as i n d e n t u r e d servants, the i n d e n t u r e to last n o t longer than twenty years42—ironically, an indenture longer than was traditionally prescribed for Indians purchased in New Mexico.43 In determining the legality of Mexicans trading without license in the territory, the court necessarily called into question the legality of M o r m o n settlements and their own trade and missionary work 39 Territory of Utah, "Act in Relation to Service,"Acts, Resolutions, and Memorials, Passed at the Several Sessions of the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Utah (Salt Lake City, 1855), p. 160. 40 Utes had been selling children to Mormons since 1847; the children were acquired as the result of military skirmishes when parents were killed. Indian children were also distributed to be raised in Mormon homes. 41 Greiner to Lea. 42 Territory of Utah, "An Act for the Relief of Indian Slaves and Prisoners," Acts, Resolutions, and Memorials, Passed at the Several Sessions of the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Utah (Salt Lake City, 1855), chap. 24. The act was passed January 31, 1852, and approved March 7, 1852. Shortly thereafter, legislation would also be passed defining the care of legally owned black slaves—making Utah the only "slave territory" in the West, since New Mexico would ban all slavery as part of its political posturing against neighboring slave state Texas. 43 Traditionally, Indian captives were not "sold" but "ransomed" in New Mexico; the cost of their ransoming to be worked off like an indenture—though without the formal legislative definitions of such—theoretically to be ended at adulthood (about age fifteen to sixteen) or marriage. The market for captive labor was large—most families who could afford it owned a slave. The demand was met through Indian trade and Mexican slave raids on "hostile" tribes. The church sanctioned such indentures in the name of heathen conversion. However, the system of "indenturing" in New Mexico could be, and often was, abused. Nevertheless, three of its chief features were church sanction in the name of religious indoctrination, limited indentures, and the extensive fostering of Indian children.

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a m o n g the Indians in "Indian Country" as well—for n o n e of t h e m h a d trade licenses either. But J u d g e Snow d e t e r m i n e d that when Congress h a d extended all U. S. laws regulating trade a n d intercourse with t h e Indian tribes {not country) over Utah and New Mexico on February 27, 1851, the word tribe was u n d e r s t o o d to m e a n the people themselves. Thus, constitutional intention gave the territory the right to regulate trade between whites a n d Indians, whether or n o t they resided in a n exclusively Indian "country." T h u s P e d r o L e o n — a n d all o t h e r New Mexican traders—faced arrest, confiscation of property, a n d s u m m a r y expulsion for trading with the Indians, while at the same time M o r m o n settlements were legally e x p a n d i n g a n d having c o m m e r c i a l "trade a n d i n t e r c o u r s e " with t h e I n d i a n s n o t only for food, stock, or c l o t h i n g b u t also for I n d i a n c h i l d r e n as well—all w i t h o u t a license a n d w i t h o u t fear of arrest or seizure of goods. Ironically, a few years later n o n - M o r m o n I n d i a n agents would p o i n t to M o r m o n t r a d e a n d missionary work a m o n g t h e I n d i a n s as b e i n g c a r r i e d o n w i t h o u t a license w i t h i n "Indian Country" and use it as a means of attacking the Mormons a n d trying to sever their relations with the Indians. 44 Over the next few weeks Pedro Leon continued his appeals for a new trial and a reexamination of evidence. T h e first appeal sought to reverse the verdict a n d set a new trial based o n irregularities in t h e arrest and seizure procedures. 45 When this was not successful, Smith a n d Slayton filed petitions to recover their clients' confiscated riding horses and pack mules o n the basis that property liable to seizure by the 1834 act did not include riding and pack animals within its definition of "merchandise." However, the court found that since horses and mules were the usual merchandise brought to trade (and for which the Indians had traded), these animals did fall within the definitions of "merchandise" and were liable to forfeiture (despite these particular animals being the New Mexicans' only means of transportation home.) 4 6 Leon also filed a petition for retrial, claiming a prejudicial jury. 47 This was a valid claim. Dan Jones remarked on the intensity of the feelings prevalent against t h e Mexicans before a n d during the trial, writing that "a great deal of prejudice a n d bitter feeling was manifested 44 For example, Garland H u r t wrote on May 2, 1855, that he " r e c o m m e n d e d Acts to regulate Trade a n d Intercourse be rigidly enforced, because Saints have p e r p e t u a t e d a distinction between M o r m o n s and Americans prejudicial to U.S. citizens," giving the Gunnison Massacre as an example. (The Indians did maintain a difference between the two white, warring, tribes of Mericats a n d Mormonees.) 45 Appeals filed, J a n u a r y 14, 1852, U.S. v. Pedro Leon, et al, p p . 317-22, a n d Court "Information." 46 Court "Information." 47 Application for new trial, J a n u a r y 9, 1852, U.S. v. Pedro Leon, et al, p p . 292-93.


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toward t h e Mexicans." I n d e e d , in t h e m i d - n i n e t e e n t h c e n t u r y A m e r i c a n s typically l o o k e d down o n Mexicans. B r i g h a m Y o u n g declared Mexicans to be "little better than the Indians," while a n o t h e r c o n t e m p o r a r y described t h e m as "swarthy" a n d "ignoble" a n d with "brutish faces." 48 A m e r i c a n s h a d only recently fought a major war against the Mexicans—including a battalion of M o r m o n s w h o h a d m a r c h e d through New Mexico before r e t u r n i n g to Utah. In mid-November the Deseret News Weekly h a d printed an editorial in which it called L e o n a liar, a traitor, a n d a kidnapper. T h e editorial accused h i m of lying a b o u t having a license signed by G o v e r n o r Calhoun, claimed h e was traitorous for supplying weapons to warring Navajos through their Ute liaisons, a n d c o n t e n d e d that h e was a kidnapper for attempting to carry Indian children away from Utah. 49 If the n e w s p a p e r h a d h a d its way, L e o n a n d c o m p a n y w o u l d have b e e n fined, jailed, and t h e n hanged! T h e most d a m n i n g complaint about the trial, however, was that at least o n e of the j u r o r s h a d already declared the defendants guilty nearly a week before the trial began. James Ferguson filed a deposition stating t h a t a b o u t a week before t h e trial, h e h a d h e a r d G e o r g e D. Grant, a juror, at the h o m e of Seth M. Blair, the prosecutor, declare that Pedro Leon a n d others of the Spanish company were guilty a n d ought to be punished. T h e possession of the Indian children was "sufficient evidence" of their having traded with the Indians. 50 T h e c o u r t gave this complaint n o serious consideration. O n J a n u a r y 9, Slayton filed o n e of the most interesting petitions in the record. H e asked for a retrial o n the basis of having j u s t discovered m a t e r i a l evidence u n k n o w n to h i m d u r i n g t h e first trial. A r o u n d D e c e m b e r 1—a m o n t h after Y o u n g h a d d e n i e d L e o n a license to trade a n d nearly two weeks after Leon h a d sent his m a i n company back to Santa Fe—Pedro Leon "did . . . Procure a License of S t e p h e n B. Rose an Indian Agent for said Territory a u t h o r i z i n g and Permitting said Leon to Trade and Traffic with the Indian Tribes. . . ."51 Since Rose was the complainant a n d "arresting" officer, it is dif48 Brigham Young, Legislative Address published January 10, 1852, Deseret News; Frances Parkman, The Oregon Trail (New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1927), p. 60. 49 Jones, Forty Years, p . 52; Deseret News Weekly, November 15, 1851. 30 Deposition of J a m e s Ferguson, J a n u a r y 9, 1852, U. S. v. Pedro Leon et al, pp. 292-93. It would b e interesting to see how Grant justified the "possession" of Indian children by men such as George A. Smith who had also recently t r a d e d with the Utes without a license in an almost identical situation in which a n Indian child was bartered for a stolen and butchered animal. 51 Application for new trial and deposition of Joshua Slayton, January 9, 1851, U.S. v. Pedro Leon et al, pp. 294-95.

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ficult to imagine how or why he would have thought to issue a license to trade to a man whom he knew from personal knowledge h a d b e e n denied such a license by his superior. Did Leon actually have such a license? Some type of d o c u m e n t must have existed since Slayton was willing to offer it as evidence. Was the "license" a d o c u m e n t allowing the Mexicans to pursue and recover their stolen stock or recompense for it? Unfortunately, the court refused the petition, and the mysterious d o c u m e n t , having never b e e n m a d e a p a r t of the r e c o r d , has been lost. Nevertheless, t h e implication that such a d o c u m e n t did exist raises a n u m b e r of intriguing questions. Why would Leon ask for a license when h e was ostensibly p r e p a r i n g to go home? Why would Rose even think to give him such a license when Brigham Young h a d already refused to d o so? Could there have b e e n collusion between Leon and Rose, which Rose would deny when he was called u p o n to investigate the charges of Leon trading without a license? W h o prepared the d o c u m e n t for Leon since he was illiterate? If he were planning to go h o m e without trading, why would he have tried to obtain a license behind Young's back? Would Slayton have filed a petition if he had not personally seen the purported license? Notwithstanding, the petition was ignored, and Leon was not granted a retrial. Leon's final attempt in the Mormon-dominated courts would be an attempt to sue the Mormons for his lost property and false imprisonment, but Brigham Young simply referred him to Washington. At last, after having exhausted all legal resorts, the New Mexicans "paid" their fine. T h e court records indicate Leon was fined the mandatory $500, "which was at once remitted" through the confiscation of their property. 52 Brigham Young—who was described as "treating the whole party with the greatest kindness, while they were in the Country" and as having tried to use his influence to provide a "fair and impartial trial"— provided provisions sufficient for the Mexicans' return home. 5 3 T h e provisions did not, however, include transportation as their stock had been confiscated by the court. Leon and his companions were forced to return to Santa Fe o n foot, through the mountains, in mid-winter. They left February 6 a n d arrived in Abiquiu on April 4, having "suffered a great deal from being caught in the snows in the Mountains— 52 It is not clear whether each trader was also fined $500. Leon reported to Greiner that each trader was fined only $50—an error in transcription? 53 Greiner to Lea; Jones, Forty Years, p. 52.


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sometimes being compelled to wade in the snow to their armpits." 54 Within several weeks Leon had collected depositions, complained to New Mexican authorities, and sent letters of complaint to Washington, 55 but the disgruntled traders found little satisfaction there, either. Don Pedro's financial losses from this expedition must have been substantial; although we do not know if he lost his $1,000 bond (probably not, the New Mexico officials were sympathetic). He did lose all of his trade goods and merchandise—at the least, that year's profit. Most telling is that when next we find Leon, he is listed as a "peon" traveling with—not leading—a New Mexican trade expedition into central Utah. It was this new caravan that would instigate trouble between the Indians and the Mormon settlements. The spring of 1853 brought a large company of New Mexican traders to the Sanpete Valley, determined to revive the slave trade with the Indians. A truculent Dr. C. A. W. Bowman led the traders and peon auxiliaries. A former native of New York, Bowman had lived in New Mexico for some years a n d was then residing in Leon's h o m e village of Abiquiu. M o r m o n records all agree that the trading party, and Bowman in particular, was especially and actively belligerent. They made no secret of their presence and indeed sought out Utah officials to whom they made open threats of forcibly resisting the edicts against the Mexican trade. Bowman cursed one interpreter for "being a Mormon" and boasted that he had "power at his back to use all the Mormons up." Despite warnings to be "more careful," the buckskin-clad Bowman traveled to Utah Valley where at Provo he "accosted" Brigham Young "in a very abrupt manner" and acted "in an insulting and threatening manner." Boasting that he had four h u n d r e d Mexicans on the Sevier River awaiting his orders (he did n o t ) , Bowman told Young that the traders "feared nothing for law, and would not be restrained from any pursuit which they chose to follow."56 54

Greiner to Lea. Head, "Statement." Lafayette H e a d , t h e n in Abiquiu, would later serve as Ute Indian a g e n t in Conejos, b e c o m e a resident of the p r e d o m i n a n t l y Hispanic San Luis Valley in Ute territory, m a r r y i n t o the New Mexican culture, a n d be a "foster" p a r e n t of several Indian children. U.S. Census, 1870, Conejos County, Colorado Territory, p. 166, family 260 (microfilm F H L #545,593). See also G r e i n e r to Lea. 56 No large g r o u p of Mexicans was ever seen, although a b a n d of 150 Yampa Utes from n o r t h e r n Colorado that h a d j o i n e d Wakara's c a m p shortly thereafter sent peace overtures to Young. Deseret News, D e c e m b e r 15, 1853; J o u r n a l History of the C h u r c h , April 23, 1853 (JH hereinafter); Deseret News, April 30; 1853; B r i g h a m Young, May 2, 1853, J H ( q u o t i n g from BYMH, 1 8 5 3 - 1 8 6 2 ) ; J o n e s , Forty Years, p p . 54-55; Orson F. Whitney, History of Utah, vol. I (Salt Lake City: George Q. C a n n o n a n d Sons, 1892-1904), p p . 510-12. 55

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Young's response was quick and decisive. After refusing to speak to Bowman, he issued a proclamation declaring that "there is in this territory, a h o r d e of Mexicans, and outlandish m e n who are infesting the settlements, stirring u p the Indians with guns, ammunition, etc., contrary to the laws of this territory" and ordered a thirty-man detachm e n t of the militia to h e a d south to reconnoiter, warn the settlers to be "on guard" against Mexicans or Indians, and "arrest, and keep in close custody, every strolling Mexican party; and those associating with t h e m , a n d o t h e r suspicious p e r s o n s or parties, that they may e n c o u n t e r a n d leave t h e m safely g u a r d e d " in local settlements. All Mexicans in the territory were to "remain quiet in the settlements a n d n o t to a t t e m p t to leave u n d e r any c o n s i d e r a t i o n , until f u r t h e r advised."57 Young's fear that the Mexicans might stir u p the Indians proved justified. In December h e noted that the Indians who had visited the settlements in the spring and summer of 1853 "manifested a turbulent spirit; and although evidently aiming to conceal it, plainly showed that they had been tampered with, and that their feelings were very different than u p o n former visits." Wakara was described as "surly in his feelings and expressions" a n d reportedly he had "repeatedly endeavored to raise an excitement a n d open war out of small pretexts." 58 T h e new I n d i a n agitation was attributed directly to Bowman's Mexican traders. T h e y h a d h o p e d to incite t h e Indians to s u p p o r t them against the M o r m o n interlopers by telling the Utes that the settlers had not paid t h e m sufficiently for the lands they were usurping a n d that the Indians h a d the right to take M o r m o n cattle as recompense. 59 Since such an action was certain to lead to reprisals and o p e n warfare; t h e traders s t o o d to gain if I n d i a n hostilities drove t h e Mormons from the land. 60 —Bowman's threats came to nothing, however, and the militia m e t n o resistance. Some Mexicans were harassed, and a few were jailed in 57 The Mormons were, however, advised to treat them "with kindness, and [supply] their necessary wants." See "Proclamation by the Governor," April 23, 1853, J H (quoting from Deseret News, April 30, 1853). 58 DeseretNews, December 15, 1853; and December 13, 1853, J H . 59 May 2, 1853, J H (quoting from BYMH); Deseret News, December 15, 1853. 60 Mormons also suspected that mountain m e n like Jim Bridger had added to the problem with similar arguments against the Utah settlers since 1850. The Mormons were encroaching on or impeding the commercial ventures of both groups as they absorbed the O r e g o n / California Trail business to which many mountain m e n had turned (trading posts and ferries) and the Mexican trade in Indian slaves along the Old Spanish Trail. Both groups stood to gain if Indian hostilities drove the Mormons out. However, in 1853 the Mormons moved to solve the problem of outside intervention in Indian affairs by buying out the old traders at Fort Bridger a n d driving out the Mexican traders. See for example Whitney, History of Utah, 1:515, and BYMH, May 13, 1849, pp. 76, 77.


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s o u t h e r n s e t t l e m e n t s . T h e latter c o m p l a i n e d that they h a d b e e n "badly treated by the Mormons" who were "threaten [ing] to shoot or imprison all Americans passing through their country," but their bluster was recognized for what it was, frustration at being thwarted in their Indian slave trade. 61 Bowman's traders were placed in informal custody by Utah officials, but after Bowman was killed by Indians who suspected he had cheated them, they were released and left the territory without incident. 62 Young's direct action successfully drove the traders out of U t a h — a n d u n d e r g r o u n d for a w h i l e — b u t h e i g h t e n e d I n d i a n hostility. Wakara's attitude was that he did not care to whom he sold his h u m a n merchandise a n d that Mormons would suffice as well as Mexicans, as long as they were willing to trade him the guns and a m m u n i t i o n h e needed. 6 3 But Utah officials had declared that n o arms were to be further traded to Indians. Thus, while the trade in Indian children continued to limp along for a while—underground to gentiles and legally with M o r m o n s — t h e Utah laws on Indian slavery and Mexican trade placed a stranglehold on an old and profitable way of life for the Utes. Their hostility would erupt in the spring of 1853 in what has been called the Walker War,64 a "war" that most U t a h historians recognize as having b e e n caused as m u c h by anger over the now-defunct Spanish-Indian slave trade as by encroaching white settlements or friction between cultures. 65 In New Mexico the effect of the M o r m o n s ' curtailing the slave trade was to increase slave raids on Navajo settlements to replace the lost Yuta captives, exacerbating an already hostile situation. As animosities escalated, both Ute Indian and white raiders took advantage of the o n g o i n g war to c o n t i n u e to supply e x p a n d i n g m a r k e t s with Navajo captives. These increased slave raids were one of many factors in the spiraling aggression of the Navajo wars that ultimately resulted 61

Gwinn Harris H e a p , Central Route to the Pacific (Philadelphia, 1854), pp. 79-80. Jones, Forty Years, p p . 55-56. Because of the earlier disagreements with M o r m o n officials r u m o r s persisted that h e had been m u r d e r e d by the Mormons and the Indians blamed. 63 May 11, 1853, J H , quoting from Capt. Walls Report published May 28, 1853, in the Deseret News. Although the Mormons considered this desire for guns and ammunition to be strictly military, "to enable him to continue his robberies," no one seemed to grasp the concept that the Indians needed the weapons for h u n t i n g and survival as well. 64 So called because it was carried on by members of Wakara's (Walker's) war bands; during m u c h of the "war" Wakara was absent in Arizona among the Navajos. See an in-depth discussion in Howard A. Christy, "The Walker War: Defense and Conciliation as Strategy," Utah Historical Quarterly 47 (1979): 216-35. 65 For example, B. H. Roberts, A Comprehensive History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, vol. 4 (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1930), pp. 36-40;'Bailey, Indian Slave Trade, pp. 163-64; Milton R. Hunter, Utah in Her Western Setting (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1943), pp. 305-6. 62

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in American military intervention that crushed Navajo resistance once and for all.66 T h e r e is some justice in Leon's complaint that Brigham Young denied him a license to trade because he was not a Mormon. 6 7 Leon and company were tried for trading with the Indians for Indian children, a practice in which the Mormon populace was actively engaged a n d which their g o v e r n o r a n d c h u r c h p r e s i d e n t h a d only recently advised t h e m to d o "as quickly as possible." 6 8 Yet the c o u r t f o u n d Mormon commerce in Indian children to be legal while the Mexican trade was not. The only difference Leon could perceive was racial and religious: he was a Catholic Mexican, not a M o r m o n Utahn. H e was probably right. What Leon could n o t have seen or understood, particularly given the New Mexican history of ignoring the Indian problems caused by slaving practices, was that the political difficulties caused by Indian slavery h a d to be s t o p p e d . T h a t could only be d o n e by s t o p p i n g Mexican trade expeditions like his from coming to Utah. Although the p u r c h a s e a n d raising of I n d i a n captives a m o n g M o r m o n s a n d Mexicans were actually very similar in practice, the real difference lay in its extent a n d the p e r n i c i o u s effects of t h e traditional Mexican trade in maintaining the Indian hostilities. 69 T h e New Mexicans who utilized Indian menials in large numbers were willing to put u p with occasional Indian raids as the price for having Indian tribes available from which to "harvest" servants. T h e Utahns did not have the luxury of, or desire to, accept Indian hostilities. T h e i r communities were thinly spread out and vulnerable. They accepted voluntary placement of Indian children as frequently as possible for acculturation purposes, but having a peaceful setting conducive to both Indian missionary and settlement efforts was u p p e r m o s t in their thoughts.. Pedro Leon, and all other Mexican traders of his ilk, endangered that peaceful settlement process. They stirred u p hostilities between tribes and provided arms, ammunition, and horses that helped to perpetuate conflict. Most i m p o r t a n t , they created the market that kept alive the slave trade a n d its viciously cruel I n d i a n slave raids. T h e M o r m o n s saw themselves n o t as creating a m a r k e t for slaves b u t as m

See Brugge, "Navajos in Catholic Church Records, 1694-1875," p. 35. Greiner to Lea, Official Correspondence. 68 Brigham Young, May 13, 1851, BYMH, p. 846, as quoted in Juanita Brooks,. "Indian Relations on the Mormon Frontier," Utah Historical Quarterly 12 (1944): 6. 69 Mormons also differed in that they never carried out their own raids to obtain their Indian menials as Mexicans frequently did. 67


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absorbing a n d emancipating the captives already taken, or, providing h o m e s for Indian children whose families were too destitute to provide for them. Still, the b o t t o m line of the court proceeding was the legality of trading with Indians, particularly for their captive children. Despite the i n h e r e n t hypocrisy of convicting the Mexican traders of a "crime" that the M o r m o n population was blatantly a n d actively participating in, the court action gave Utah officials the precedent u p o n which they could base future regulatory and judicial action aimed at stopping the trade. Outsider—New Mexican—trade with Indians was forbidden, while local, Utah trade was allowed. Indians could not be enslaved, but Indian children could be purchased for a sometimes slave-like indent u r e from which they could be e m a n c i p a t e d u p o n r e a c h i n g t h e i r majority. By managing t h e m e a n i n g of the very carefully chosen terms to be used, the Utahns were successfully able to manipulate the political necessities of I n d i a n t r a d e a n d slavery into an acceptable f o r m of b o n d e d servitude, while precluding the outside trade they felt endangered their own enclaves.

Utah: The Struggle for Statehood. By KEN VERDOIA AND RICHARD University of Utah Press, 1996. 205 pp. $34.95.) As a historian of U t a h s t a t e h o o d , this reviewer several years ago considered ways to bring the fascinating story to the general public d u r i n g the centennial celebration of that event, then did n o t h i n g to a c c o m p l i s h t h a t e n d . Fortunately, others—television docum e n t a r y p r o d u c e r Ken Verdoia a n d historian Richard Firmage—teamed up to accomplish this task i n an exceptionally effective manner. I n t e n d e d as a companion volume to t h e television d o c u m e n t a r y special of the same name, this heavily illustrated history of the last half of the nineteenth century, as stated by the authors, has taken on a life of its own. With its own immensely valuable illustrations, it certainly serves well as a r e m i n d e r of t h e excellent video p r e s e n t a t i o n a n d s t a n d s separately as a good survey of the statehood movements. T h e text is a lucid sketch mainly, but not entirely, of the essentials of political history of the last half of the nineteenth century. Its primary focus is on u r b a n n o r t h e r n Utah, which is legitimate since that was the focal point of the movements for statehood. O n e of the most insightful segments is a brief description of city life in U t a h Territory. T h e r e is n o sugar-coated t r e a t m e n t in this book. A l t h o u g h the Mormons did sometimes feed Indians instead of fight them, they also killed a considerable n u m b e r of Native Americans. A n d the ugly Morrisite killings are treated, i n d i c a t i n g a real tyranny for some in the territory at the


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time. T h e authors offer a discussion of the Bear River Massacre, which t h e video covered particularly well with a dramatized reenactment of the tragedy. There is no overemphasis here of seagulls saving crops, with the a u t h o r s stressing t h a t c o n t e m p o r a r y diaries did not make much of the situation— perhaps news to a few readers. While intentionally brief, there are occasional significant new c o n t r i b u tions to U t a h historical s c h o l a r s h i p . After m e n t i o n i n g P r e s i d e n t Zachary Taylor's a t t e m p t to j o i n M o r m o n Deseret to southern California as o n e huge state, the authors reflect original research in p o i n t i n g to a letter to President Taylor from William Smith, b r o t h e r of the f o u n d i n g M o r m o n prophet, critical of Brigham Young and his regime. This was likely instrumental in the alienation of the president from c h u r c h interests. A n o t h e r seldomstressed b u t i m p o r t a n t subject is t h e b a c k g r o u n d to a court case involving Salt Lake City saloon owner Paul Englebrecht, whose establishment was raided a n d d a m a g e d at the b e h e s t of M o r m o n city police chief A n d r e w Burt. This case eventually went to the U.S. Supreme Court with the decision and the bitterness it e n g e n d e r e d contributing meaningfully to later antiM o r m o n legislation a n d law enforcement. Certainly the highlight of the book is the n u m b e r of visual images a n d informative captions assembled amid a careful narrative. Naturally, relevant

188 p h o t o g r a p h s o n t h e e a r l i e r years a r e m o r e rare when p h o t o g r a p h y was in its infancy. Verdoia and Firmage have performed a great service in reaching into o b s c u r e sources to g a t h e r artists' sketches of p i o n e e r j o u r n e y s , landscapes, a n d infant s e t t l e m e n t s , often b r i n g i n g to view s e l d o m - s e e n a n d important pictures. O n the other hand, n i n e p h o t o g r a p h s of B r i g h a m Young plus his residences, w h e n h e was alive d u r i n g only half t h e p e r i o d covered, might be a little excessive. But then the G r e a t C o l o n i z e r h a d m o r e time a n d funds to sit for p h o t o g r a p h e r s than did the p e o p l e h e sent o u t to d o the real pioneering. W h e n possible, as with the well-photographed c o m p l e t i o n of the first t r a n s c o n t i n e n t a l r a i l r o a d , t h e a u t h o r s have selected different views than we have usually seen and thereby further e n h a n c e d interest. Although the book reflects the great value of the p h o t o g r a p h i c collections in Utah and the nation's capital, it also reveals an i n h e r e n t p r o b l e m . Not only are we largely limited to t h e subjects a b o u t which images have b e e n col-

Utah Historical Quarterly lected a n d saved, b u t also the information describing the picture can hardly be expected to be m o r e accurate t h a n the b a c k g r o u n d material accompanying it in the p h o t o or sketch repository. Thus one caption mentions a plural wife of Charles C. Rich who is actually his first wife. T h e Clear Lake School, said to have b e e n b u i l t in 1890, in o t h e r frontal images shows a clear cons t r u c t i o n d a t e of 1900. Many w o u l d take issue with the caption of the p h o t o of the j o i n t Salt Lake City a n d County Building, supposedly only t h r e e years old, showing landscaping trees well on t h e i r way to maturity. But this is nitpicking a n d in n o way detracts from a great, brief, b u t richly illustrated layman's history of the struggle for statehood. T h e volume will find a place on the coffee tables of m a n y h o m e s a n d will b e far m o r e widely a p p r e c i a t e d than have been most books o n the history of Utah.


Victorville, California

Necessary Fraud: Progressive Reform and Utah Coal. By NANCY J. TANIGUCHI. ( N o r m a n : University of O k l a h o m a Press, 1996. xvi + 319 p p . $39.95.) Necessary Fraud: Progressive Reform and Utah Coal is a very significant book for several reasons. It examines in detail a pivotal story in U t a h ' s history, t h e d e v e l o p m e n t of coal m i n i n g , a n d it carefully p u r s u e s t h e story i n t o t h e t w e n t i e t h c e n t u r y , a p e r i o d often ignored by mining historians. "Sagebrush" western protestors today will b e i n t e r e s t e d to see what t h e i r ancestors h a d to p u t u p with a few generations ago. T h e a u t h o r , N a n c y J. T a n i g u c h i , associate professor of history at California State University, Stanislaus, is to be c o n g r a t u l a t e d for h e r d e d i cated field work a n d archival research

(using a variety of sources) in developing a most complicated story in a professional, objective m a n n e r . This was n o t a n easy topic to research, b u t she traces h e r subject in a fashion worthy of Sherlock Holmes. Necessary Fraud is a bittersweet story at best, t r a c i n g t h e d e v e l o p m e n t of Utah coal by individuals, corporations, a n d t h e D e n v e r & Rio G r a n d e Railroad. It is also the story of the federal government's role in e n c o u r a g i n g mining a n d then trying to regulate the results of u n p l a n n e d consequences. As Taniguchi writes, "This story of fraud in the Utah coal lands provides a case study of t h e intricacies of A m e r i c a n

Book Reviews and Notices land law, specifically, of the Coal Land Act of 1873 a n d its a p p l i c a t i o n (and misapplications)" (p. xii). T h e necessary fraud developed because of the limitations of the 1873 Coal Land Act, which only allowed filing o n 160 acres for an individual or 640 acres for an association. This proved far too few acres to o p e n a n d o p e r a t e a coal m i n e profitably h e r e and elsewhere in the West. Thus, land fraud allowed m i n i n g to start. Taniguchi follows the story into C o l o r a d o a n d Wyoming as well b u t stays focused in U t a h t h r o u g h o u t . A l t h o u g h t o r t u o u s a n d t e d i o u s , the government's litigation finally paid dividends: "And, as a result of suits lasting into the 1930s, land 'theft' ultimately ceased, thanks in large p a r t to the litigation that [Marsden] Burch and others so doggedly pursued" (p. 252). This is n o t a p l e a s a n t story. It involves corporations, individuals, the LDS church, state, local, a n d national governments, and honesty and dishon-

189 esty. T h e b o o k n e e d s a n d deserves close reading. It is a complicated subj e c t that tells readers m u c h about the Utah coal m i n i n g a n d attitudes of a century or less ago. T h e reader might want to develop her or his own score sheet to follow individuals, mines, companies, and litigation. Nancy Taniguchi deserves t h a n k s for having tackled a difficult subject a n d t u r n e d it into a r e a d a b l e story. This is not a book for an easy evening's reading by the fire; it will take concentration and thought, but the result will be worth the effort. The short chapters are a plus, allowing a one-sitting reading to follow the story line. H e r photog r a p h selection adds to t h e story. However, a few m o r e maps or b e t t e r placed maps might have helped. This is not a glamorous West, but it is reality.


Fort Lewis College Durango, Colorado

Wallace Stegner: Man and Writer. Edited by CHARLES E. RANKIN. ( A l b u q u e r q u e : University of New Mexico Press, 1996. xvi + 280 pp. Cloth, $45.00; paper, $19.95.) If ever you are p r e s s e d a n d have time for b u t o n e book from which to get the heft a n d b r e a d t h of Wallace Stegner, you may want to pull this one by Rankin. It should certainly be a m o n g the first of the books on Stegner to open. I know that it is going on my shelf right next to a n o t h e r vital study of Stegner. T h a t is the booklength interview of Stegner conducted in 1983 by Richard W. Etulain (Conversations with Wallace Stegner on Western History and Literature) who, fittingly enough, has also contributed an essay to Rankin's collection. Altogether, t h e r e are seventeen essays, three of which are by the very well established writers Wendell Berry, William Kittredge, and Ivan Doig, each

of whom was able to speak from a personal acquaintance with Stegner. There is also a m e m o i r by Page Stegner, Wallace Stegner's son. A n d the foreword was written by Stewart Udall, a former secretary of the I n t e r i o r w h o welcomed the wisdom S t e g n e r o n c e brought to Washington. And, then, the rest of the list of contributors is something of a showcase of academic talent. Their names read like a Who's Who in the professional associations of western American l i t e r a t u r e and history. Indeed, they constitute, if you will forgive a bit of popular idiom, a Stegner "dream team," and my guess is that we have h e r e a b o u t as c o m p e t e n t a crew of Stegner scholars as is likely ever to come together.

190 Now, they do wax a little laudatory. But they are talking a b o u t Wallace Stegner, after all, a n d may be forgiven the enthusiasm we should all feel. And two or t h r e e of t h e m will discover pretty nearly the s a m e t h i n g , as, for instance, Stegner's u n u s u a l ability to use historical outlines as the bases for his fictions. But such occasional bits of overlap are often the case with a tightly focused festschriften. It should be just as interesting to see w h e r e a n d how the fine m i n d s have a g r e e d with o n e another as where they have differed. P e r h a p s t h e o n e s o u r n o t e in the whole is a slight leakage of a peculiar feminist sentiment—this from a m a n . Rob Williams was quite insistent in asking "if every woman o n the Plains conf o r m e d to t h e g e n d e r e d p a t t e r n s of behavior laid out in Stegner's historical work" (p. 133). T h e r e f e r e n c e is to S t e g n e r ' s Wolf Willow, a n d those familiar with it s h o u l d t h i n k Williams's q u e s t i o n is sadly beside the p o i n t . Stegner's boyhood along the "High Line" had shown

Utah Historical Quarterly him o n e of the narrowest slices of life in A m e r i c a n / C a n a d i a n c u l t u r e . H e wrote to a d m i t t h a t limitation. In a sense, he wrote to defeat the limitation. A n d t h a t Williams would w o r r y t h e issue with a kind of reflexive feminism shows nothing so m u c h as his own anxiety that he come across as righteously progressive in his politics. My view is t h a t Williams could j u s t as well have kept his eye on his subject. N o such distractions t r o u b l e d t h e t h r e e w o m e n who c o n t r i b u t e d : A n n Ronald, Patricia Nelson Limerick, a n d Melody Graulich. T h e i r essays d o n o t d e m a n d any sort of a g e n d e r identification b u t were a m o n g t h e m o s t bala n c e d a n d the strongest parts of t h e collection. You will arrive at the e n d of Wallace Stegner: Man and Writer very well rewarded. The book accomplishes something of a feat, that is—the essential Stegner. RUSSELL BURROWS

Weber State University

Encyclopedia of the American West. Edited by CHARLES PHILLIPS a n d ALAN A X E L R O D . 4 vols. (New York: S i m o n a n d Schuster Macmillan, 1996. lxxviii + 1,935 p p . $375.00.) For nearly twenty years H o w a r d LaMar's o n e - v o l u m e Readers Encyclopedia of the American West\\?iS sat on the bookshelf closest to my desk as a handy r e f e r e n c e source for f r e q u e n t questions a b o u t U t a h a n d western American history. While I will continue to consult that v o l u m e , the new fourvolume, comprehensive and up-to-date Encyclopedia of the American WestwAl now get regular use. T u r n to the front a n d e n d pages in each v o l u m e a n d it is clear what the editors define as t h e A m e r i c a n West. T h e full-spread m a p of the U n i t e d States identifies t h e twenty-two states west of the Mississippi River by n a m e

a n d i n c l u d e s inserts of Hawaii a n d Alaska. The states east of the Mississippi are o u t l i n e d b u t n o t identified. T h e c h r o n o l o g i c a l framework s t r e t c h e s from the early Spanish p e r i o d to t h e mid-twentieth century. However, as the editors n o t e , "these geographical a n d chronological b o u n d a r i e s are crossed freely as a d e q u a t e coverage of any given topic may d e m a n d " (p. xi). Encyclopedia of the American West is a n o t h e r of the fine r e f e r e n c e works produced by Macmillan Reference. It is t h e same c o m p a n y t h a t gave us t h e four-volume Encyclopedia of Mormonism in 1992. T h e e n c y c l o p e d i a i n c l u d e s 1,700 articles that begin with E d w a r d

Book Reviews and Notices Abbey and end with artist and illustrator Rufus Fairchild Zogbaum. As with most encyclopedias, biographical entries make up the majority of items included. A useful section following the last entry in volume 4 is a listing of "Biographical Entries by Profession." The fifty professions include everything from actors, entertainers, religious leaders, Native American leaders, and social reformers to gunfighters, prostitutes, historians, writers, fur trappers, outlaws, and politicians—the latter category having the most entries. Biographies of contemporary individuals are not included; neither are living persons mentioned except in the context of the histories of certain cities and states. In addition to the biographical entries, you will find articles on each of the states, major cities, organizations and institutions, ethnic groups, trails, events, and overview entries on such topics as agriculture, architecture, art, child rearing, disease, exploration, farming, the federal gove r n m e n t , film, the frontier, the fur trade, homesteading, Indian schools, the labor movement, land policy, literature, mining, national expansion, Native American cultures and peoples, pioneer life, the U.S. Army, U.S. Indian policy, violence, wildlife, and wild west shows. Volume one contains both a list of entries and a list of contributors; the latter includes the entries written u n d e r the name of each author. Among the nearly four h u n d r e d authors of the entries are at least three dozen with Utah connections. Thomas Alexander, Jim Allen, Leonard Arrington, Maureen Beecher, Newell Bringhurst, George Ellsworth, Craig Foster, Fred Gowans, Charles Hibbard, Richard Jensen, Stan Kimball, Stan Layton, Leo Lyman, Carol Madsen, Dean May, Charles Peterson, Ross Peterson, Harold Schindler, Jan Shipps, Sandra Taylor, Gary Topping,

191 and Ronald Walker will be familiar to most readers of Utah Historical Quarterly. One of the great strengths of the Encyclopedia is the magnificent presentation and excellent writing. The 8 x 11-inch pages are b o u n d in a very attractive red cover highlighted with blue and gold stamp lettering. The use of a fairly large and readable type, the generous use of the more than 1,000 photographs and 42 maps, the comprehensive index, the references within the text to appropriate articles for items and subjects, and the list of suggested reading at the end of each article make this a pleasant and effective work to use. The readability of the entries makes it easy to pass an hour or two in your favorite chair perusing and browsing with great pleasure. The Encyclopedia was produced with remarkable speed. The four years from the first meeting of the seven-member board of editors in 1992 until publication in the fall of 1996 required a herculean effort to identify topics and authors, research and write the entries, and complete the editing and production. Although one could quibble with the choice of some entries, certain inconsistences in coverage, the omission of an important bibliographical citation or two for some articles, the need for another map here or there, and the length of one article compared with another, there is little substantive criticism to focus on this work. However, one regret is the missed opportunity to expand participation beyond the nearly 400 writers that are included. About 500 of the 1,700 entries were written by the two editors and two assistants. It is easy to understand why the editors took up the burden of writing so many entries. Time, money, frustration with individuals who did not meet their commitments, and the extra work required in identifying other writers are all part of the expla-

192 nation. Still, perhaps a little more effort given to the search for other contributors would have produced articles of equal or even better quality and given more western scholars an oppor-

Utah Historical Quarterly tunity to share in this commendable and monumental project. ALLAN KENT POWELL

Utah State Historical Society

Uncommon Common Women: Ordinary Lives of the West. By ANNE M. BUTLER and ONA SIPORIN. (Logan: Utah State University Press, 1996. x + 138 pp. Paper, $21.95.) The complicated lives of contemporary American women, made at once more difficult and easier through modern technology, seem distant and remote from the ordinary lives of the women who inhabited the American West during the last half of the nineteenth century. The women of this earlier period could hardly have envisioned the fast-paced, push-button, electronically governed lifestyles that would introduce the twenty-first century. Conversely, for modern women to understand the lives of women of the American West is equally difficult. Yet the existence of these earlier women has become the warp through which our current lives are woven, and it is through them, though often nameless, faceless, and unknown, that our heritage has evolved; through their stories we can see that the challenges they faced are close and immediate to our own. Uncommon Common Women by Anne Butler and Ona Siporin is a slim, easyto-read volume that links bonds of womanhood across generations. Divided into seven chapters, each discussing a different aspect of the lives of women during the western immigration era, the book reveals much about the struggles of race, class, and gender that strike a familiar chord with women of today. Dispelling stereotypes and the romantic nostalgia that often accompanies Americans' perceptions of frontier women, Uncommon Common Women emphasizes their diversity and humanity "forged from the reality of life's con-

stant and often searing experiences"

(p. 7). A distinctive characteristic of this book lies in its unusual presentation. Co-authored by a conscientious historian and a gifted storyteller, the book is written in a multi-genre format. Anne Butler provides an appropriate, interesting historical background as a setting for Ona Siporin's rich tales of individual women's experiences. Founded in fact, fiction, and folklore, these stories bring to life the experience of ten-year-old Rebecca Gowan who was saved from a Crow arrow by Turning Wolf, a member of the Lakota tribe, and who, later as Turning Wolf's wife, lived and raised her own family among the peace-loving Lakotas. They tell of former slave Susanna and h e r daughter who carried Susanna's son Joshua all the way from Alabama to Nebraska after his legs were broken by a white bully. They tell ofJewish Fruma who left Russia with her children to find an address in Omaha, Nebraska, where she knew her husband would be waiting and of the great courage and wit Fruma used in getting her sick baby past the health inspector as they disembarked in America. The stories tell about how "Manuela had been convicted, with her pimp, of murder. It was the pimp who had killed the man—for money—but he had been let off, and Manuela had been incarcerated. A fiftyyear sentence, with seventy-five men as cell mates" (p. 99). Butler's historical contribution to the stories expands the scope of tradi-

Book Reviews and Notices tional history to i n c l u d e t h e i m p a c t m a d e by o r d i n a r y p e o p l e of all skin colors, all ages, a n d all situations. Siporin's storytelling is characterized by h e r beautiful, p o e t i c l a n g u a g e : "Perhaps you didn't know her before I told you this; b u t if you are a woman, you have known h e r all along. She is the prism of your d r e a m ; the light catches her in mid-air, a n d with a sudd e n intake of breath, you see the brilliant spectrum of your own colors" (p. 65). Both the historical narrative and the storytelling are e n h a n c e d by carefully chosen p h o t o g r a p h s that accompany the text. T h e p i c t u r e of Ada Blayney sitting out-of-doors at her treadle sewing m a c h i n e in a stark landscape with only a small shack to i n t e r r u p t the endless prairie leaves a haunting message with the reader. The photo of young Genevra Fornell filling a water b a r r e l l o a d e d in a wagon, bucket by bucket, speaks wordlessly of the a r d u o u s labor r e q u i r e d by those early homesteaders. The combination of history, storytelling, a n d p h o tographs works in concert to give pow-

193 erful voice to the lives of women in the frontier American West. It is with the mute photos, however, that I offer a small criticism of this work. T h e a u t h o r s a n d editors obviously chose not to accompany each picture with a caption, feeling t h a t t h e p h o t o g r a p h a l o n e left its own p r o found message; nevertheless, I f o u n d myself wanting an e x p l a n a t o r y comm e n t to accompany each illustration as it appeared in the text. A photo credits a p p e n d i x i n c l u d e d in the b o o k contains only bibliographic information, a n d I felt unsatisfied by the brevity of these entries. Despite this deficiency, reading Uncommon Common Women was richly rewarding for m e . T h e b o o k offered m e new insights into lives of women in the American West, a n d in doing so it became a tool for increased self-awareness, thus generating b o n d s of sisterhood between me and my silent predecessors.


Weber State University

Change in the American West: Exploring the Human Dimension. Edited by STEPHEN TCHUDI. (Reno: Nevada Humanities Committee a n d the University of Nevada Press, 1996. xii + 257 p p . Paper, $14.95.) The humanities that encompass the selections in this collection are not the usual humanities associated with academic disciplines. As they are defined in Stephen Tchudi's "Editor's Note" and in J. Edward Chamberlin's lead essay, these are m o r e public h u m a n i t i e s " g r o u n d e d in the u r g e n c i e s of the everyday a n d the gritty particulars of place" ( C h a m b e r l i n ' s p h r a s e ) . Conc e r n e d with the particulars (italics m i n e ) of h u m a n life, they can, C h a m b e r l i n asserts, e n a b l e us to respond to situations a n d events that are "appallingly incoherent, unstable, a n d sometimes even i n s a n e " with

"intelligence a n d c o u r a g e . " T h e h u m a n i s t works in this v o l u m e a r e intended to offer "just that sort of perspective on the unwieldy b u t fascinating theme of 'Change in the American West'" (Tchudi's phrase). Can these humanist writings a b o u t unsettling events and processes in the evolving West h e l p westerners c o p e with them? There is an editorial "yes," but most readers will find it to be a tall claim, one that is not supported by the four poems, the prose poem, the short story, and the thirteen essays that compose this volume. T h e r e is n o n e e d , however, to

194 expect them to do m o r e than they are capable of doing. Fortunately for this brief anthology, what they can do, without editorial inflation, is offer writing about changes in our West that is informative, r e a d a b l e , a n d often t h o u g h t provoking. T h o u g h all works a d h e r e to the t h e m e of c h a n g e in t h e West, t h e i r forms are remarkably diverse: essays, poetry, fiction, even a panel discussion. Yet each form seems right for its subject. For e x a m p l e , t h e wild beauty of U t a h ' s i m p e r i l e d s o u t h e r n d e s e r t is c a p t u r e d m o r e evocatively by T. H. Watkins's combination of photography a n d poetic p r o s e t h a n it c o u l d be through photos, poetry, or prose alone. Subjects are as d i s p a r a t e as forms. These three will give some idea of how varied the m e n u is: t h e way in which r h e t o r i c a n d l a n g u a g e have literally c h a n g e d the flow of water into Nevada's Walker Lake; what eco-warrior assaults on the Glen Canyon Dam in the fiction of E d w a r d Abbey a n d Leslie Silko reveal a b o u t strategies for environmental defense; and the impact that the transcontinental railroad had on the insularities of the early Salt Lake Theatre. T h r o u g h o u t t h e selections in this v o l u m e are passages m e m o r a b l e as m u c h for their style as their c o n t e n t . For e x a m p l e , T. H. Watkins's prediction for t h e future of "wildness" in

Utah Historical Quarterly Utah: "the Beehive State, like the rest of t h e West, [is b e c o m i n g ] m o r e of what it has always b e e n in h u m a n t e r m s , a n u r b a n place w h e r e t h e e n g i n e s of e x t r a c t i o n d e s e c r a t e t h e land even while industrial tourism cele b r a t e s it to d e a t h " (p. 182). O r t h e fine irony at the e n d of Bill Cowee's p o e m , " O n the D e m o l i t i o n of t h e Virginia a n d T r u c k e e E n g i n e S h o p s " (p. 45): Old builders / give way to developers whose children are already / b o r n and placing one glorious block atop another. Change in the American West is the first book in a series that will be drawn from Halcyon: A Journal of the Humanities a n d p u b l i s h e d by the Nevada H u m a n i t i e s C o m m i t t e e a n d t h e University of Nevada Press. Future volumes will deal with themes "central to o u r existence in the West." O n e hopes that their seco n d will contain selections as rewarding as those in the first. O n e also hopes t h a t t h e i n t e n t of t h e i r n e x t v e n t u r e will be more realistic than to offer intellectual a n d emotional renewal for all westerners who have b e e n frazzled by change. To give us more fresh thinking a b o u t the American West, like t h a t in the first volume, would be e n o u g h . ROBERT S. MIKKELSEN

Emeritus, Weber State University

Navajo and Photography: A Critical History of the Representation of an American People. By JAMES C. FARIS. (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1996. xvi + 392 p p . $39.95.) Ever since the i m p r i s o n m e n t of the Navajo p e o p l e at F o r t S u m n e r in the 1860s, they have b e e n the subject of countless artists a n d p h o t o g r a p h e r s . Most of these have b e e n EuroAmericans, who naturally portrayed the Navajo on their own terms, often with insensitive or even offensive results.

This v o l u m e o n t h e h i s t o r y of Navajo p h o t o g r a p h y is b a s e d o n a single p r e m i s e t h a t all a t t e m p t s to depict the Navajo people by non-native p h o t o g r a p h e r s fail to accurately show the lived e x p e r i e n c e s of t h e Navajo. This premise is certainly valid, since n o artist, native or o t h e r w i s e , c a n ever

Book Reviews and Notices completely r e p r e s e n t any g r o u p of p e o p l e with his art. Most historians intuitively understand the concept that the historical validity of photographs is limited by many factors, i n c l u d i n g time, place, subject, a n d the cultural bias of the photographer. As the basis for a j o u r n a l article, this c o n c e p t has definite value. As the subject for an entire book, however, it becomes pretentious and tedious. Although the attractive dust jacket and photographs might entice some to buy this book in the h o p e of learning m o r e a b o u t the early history of the Navajo, such a buyer would soon be disappointed. In the first two chapters the reader is subjected to a lengthy diatribe that d e n o u n c e s outsiders' views regarding photography a m o n g native peoples. This is written in semiological j a r g o n that is nearly unintelligible to the average reader. A sample sentence reads: "The West had l o n g privileged scopic enterprises a n d visual modalities, and by the mid-nineteenth century an observational visualist h e g e m o n y b e c a m e a persistent focus of modernism in social, scientific, a n d aesthetic endeavors." Whew! In chapters three through seven the a u t h o r gets down to t h e business of criticizing the work of nearly every p h o t o g r a p h e r of n o t e w h o has operated in Navajoland, b o t h living a n d dead. Edward S. Curtis is slammed for his "posed" and "excessively romantic" p h o t o g r a p h s , while M o n s o n , M o o n , a n d o t h e r p h o t o g r a p h e r s are den o u n c e d for taking c a n d i d p h o t o s without permission. L a t e r p h o t o g r a phers, such as Laura Gilpin, are taken to task for p h o t o g r a p h i n g scenes of interest to their Euro-American audience rather than to the Navajo themselves. All of the p h o t o g r a p h e r s are c o n d e m n e d for portraying the Navajo a c c o r d i n g to non-native ideals a n d

195 standards, rather than their own. This being said, the a u t h o r never actually states what these standards ought to be, or how such d o c u m e n t a t i o n of t h e Navajo lifestyle should be accomplished, strongly implying instead that all non-native p h o t o g r a p h e r s s h o u l d simply leave the Navajo alone. Clearly it is m u c h easier to be a p h o t o critic than a photographic creator. In addition, Faris consistently portrays t h e a r t i s t / s u b j e c t e n c o u n t e r as a p o w e r struggle, with the d o m i n a n t E u r o American photographers forcing their photographic will upon the conquered Navajo, powerless to protect themselves against the invasion of their privacy by the camera-toting pillagers. T h e photographs, too, have clearly been chosen with a political agenda in mind. Of the tens of thousands of magnificent pictures of the Navajo people, the author has selected those that show Navajo r e l u c t a n c e at b e i n g p h o t o g r a p h e d , d o m i n a n c e of E u r o Americans over Navajos, or subliminal racist overtones. After d e n o u n c i n g all non-Navajo p h o t o g r a p h e r s , the b o o k contains only two pictures taken by Navajos, o n e indistinguishable in its style from the o t h e r p h o t o s in t h e book, a n d the o t h e r a very m o d ernistic, protest-type picture of a Navajo with h e r census n u m b e r painted on her forehead. For those readers interested in a n unbiased photographic history of the Navajo, this book is not for you. O n the other hand, if you enjoy reading critical essays t h a t b e m o a n the lack of 1990s political correctness in 1870s photographs and historical figures, this volume may be very a p p e a l i n g . J u s t r e m e m b e r to b r i n g an a n t h r o p o l o g y degree or a very good dictionary. BRADLEY W. RICHARDS




Book Notices

South Pass, 1868: James Chisholm's Journal of the Wyoming Gold Rush. E d i t e d by L O L A M. H O M S H E R . (Lincoln: University of N e b r a s k a Press, 1996. xi + 244 p p . Paper, $12.00.) T h e Chicago Tribune first r e p o r t e d the discovery of gold in Utah in 1867. (Actually, the southwest c o r n e r of present Wyoming was t h e n p a r t of Dakota Territory.) As news flashes d a t e l i n e d Salt Lake City c o n t i n u e d over the next six months, the Tribune wanted an eyewitness of its own o n the scene in case the strike on the Sweetwater proved to be a n o t h e r Comstock. It did not. But Chisholm's j o u r n a l is a g e n u i n e treasure of historical o b s e r v a t i o n s a n d a positive delight to read.

The Arams of Idaho: Pioneers of Camas Prairie and Joseph Plains. By KRISTI M. YOUNGDAHL. (Moscow: University of I d a h o Press, 1995. xi + 208 p p . Paper, $19.95.) T h e setting of this t h r e e - g e n e r a tional pioneer story is I d a h o County at the base of the p a n h a n d l e , a r e m o t e , barely accessible area. A m o n g the first of t h e r e g i o n ' s d a r i n g settlers were Sarah a n d J o h n Aram who came to the Camas Prairie in 1864 with their young family. Based largely o n family records a n d oral interviews, The Arams of Idaho tells t h e story of t h e d e t e r m i n e d p e o p l e who o n c e p o p u l a t e d this region, the tasks t h a t c o n s u m e d their daily lives, the dangers they faced, and

the heartbreak they overcame. It is a n e x c e l l e n t e x a m p l e of family h i s t o r y moving beyond that genre's n a r r o w b o u n d s to b e c o m e excellent local history.

Covered Wagon Women: Diaries & Letters from the Western Trails, 1840-1849. Edited and compiled by KENNETH L. H O L M E S . (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1996. 280 pp. Paper, $12.00.) Covered Wagon Women: Diaries & Letters from the Western Trails, 1851. E d i t e d and





(Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1996. 291 pp. Paper, $13.00.) HOLMES.

These are reprinted from volumes 1 a n d 3 respectively of an eleven-volume series originally published by Arthur H. Clarke. Each c o n t a i n s a significant diary e n t r y from a U t a h w o m a n . T h e thirty pages devoted to Patty B a r t l e t t Sessions include an introduction, 1847 diary, epilogue, a n d bibliography. T h e legendary midwife delivered five babies b e t w e e n O m a h a a n d Salt L a k e City. Seventy pages are devoted in the 1851 v o l u m e to J e a n Rio Baker, a Scottish woman, and her voyage from E n g l a n d a n d wagon j o u r n e y across the plains to Salt Lake City. All of the women, regardless of destination, offer insights into wagon train travel a n d give t h e r e a d e r a s e n s e of immediacy only f o u n d in first-person accounts.

U T A H STATE H I S T O R I C A L S O C I E T Y D e p a r t m e n t of Community a n d Economic Development Division of State History

B O A R D O F STATE H I S T O R Y Salt Lake City, 1999 Chair CAROL CORNWALL MADSEN, Salt Lake City, 1997 Vice-Chair M A X J . EVANS, Salt Lake City Secretary MARILYN CONOVER BARKER, Salt Lake City, 1999 BOYD A. BLACKNER, Salt Lake City, 1997 PETER



CRAIG M. CALL, Plain City, 1997 LORI HUNSAKER, Brigham City, 1997 CHRISTIE SMITH NEEDHAM, Logan, 1997 RICHARD W. SADLER, Ogden, 1999 PENNY SAMPINOS, Price, 1999 PAUL D. WILLIAMS, Salt Lake City, 1999

JERRY WYLIE, O g d e n , 1997


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